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Gabon crimes against humanity accusation sent to ICC

Den Haag - Lawyers representing Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping sent a case file to the International Criminal Court's prosecutor on Thursday, accusing the government of crimes against humanity.

Gabon unveils 'inclusive' government after poll violence

- Gabon's prime minister has unveiled a new cabinet that includes few opposition figures, despite promises by re-elected President Ali Bongo to be more inclusive after disputed elections in August.

EU observers were wiretapped during Gabon vote: report

Paris - Gabonese intelligence wiretapped EU election observers who voiced grave doubts over the outcome of hotly disputed August 27 polls in the oil-rich central African nation, a French weekly reported.

ICC prosecutor opens initial probe into Gabon unrest

Den Haag - The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court said Thursday she was opening an initial probe into the deadly unrest in Gabon triggered by disputed elections.

Gabon opposition chief calls for sanctions after election loss

Libreville - Gabon's opposition leader on Thursday called for sanctions against regime members he accused of electoral fraud and scorned any idea cooperating with re-elected head of state Ali Bongo.

Ali Bongo sworn in as Gabon president after disputed win

Libreville - Ali Bongo was sworn back in as Gabon's president Tuesday, calling for unity after a disputed election win that sparked deadly unrest and revealed deep divisions in the oil-rich country.

Gabon opposition chief slams election court ruling

Libreville - Opposition leader Jean Ping on Saturday lashed a decision by Gabon's top court to validate President Ali Bongo's re-election, as police and troops patrolled the deserted streets of Libreville to prevent a new flareup of violence.

Gabon's Ali Bongo: Dynastic scion in his father's shadow

Libreville - Ali Bongo, whose re-election victory was upheld by Gabon's constitutional court Saturday, has long sought to emerge from the shadow of his father, Omar Bongo, who ruled the country for 41 years until his death in 2009.

Africa's disputed elections

Paris - Gabon's disputed election, which culminated Saturday with the constitutional court's confirmation of President Ali Bongo's victory, is the latest in a long list of violence-tinged ballots in Africa:- Ivory Coast -After a five-month-standoff, incumbent ...

Heavy security in tense Gabon after Bongo re-election validated

Libreville - Libreville's nearly empty streets were under the watch of a heavy police and military presence on Saturday after Gabon's top court upheld President Ali Bongo's re-election in bitterly disputed polls.

Gabon on a knife-edge as court mulls vote outcome

Libreville - The streets of Libreville were empty late Friday, with residents fearing a new bout of bloodshed as the Constitutional Court prepared to rule on who will be Gabon's next president following bitterly-fought elections.

Gabon rivals reach tenuous deal on poll recount

Libreville - Lawyers for President Ali Bongo and opposition leader Jean Ping told AFP on Tuesday said they have agreed to a poll recount for August's contested presidential vote, though the methodology remains in dispute.

Search for Gabon's missing goes on, two weeks after poll violence

Libreville - More than two weeks after the start of violence prompted by a contested presidential election in Gabon, the search for missing loved ones continues, sometimes with grisly results.

Gabon under internet blackout as it awaits key poll ruling

Libreville - An internet curfew and social media blackout has sparked outrage and wreaked havoc on businesses in oil-rich Gabon, as citizens keenly await a pivotal ruling challenging President Ali Bongo's contested re-election.

Gabon post-election turmoil escalates with court bid for recount

Libreville - Gabon's Jean Ping took his bid to have a wafer-thin presidential election loss overturned to the country's top court, as President Ali Bongo blamed the opposition leader for creating a climate of violence.

Ping appeals to Gabon court over poll defeat

Libreville - Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping on Thursday appealed to the country's highest court Thursday in an attempt to have a wafer-thin presidential election loss overturned.

Defiant Gabon president hits back at EU poll criticism

Libreville - Gabon's Ali Bongo on Wednesday rejected criticism of his disputed presidential election victory, accusing EU observers of bias towards his rival and insisting that only the country's top court could order a recount.

EU observers report 'anomaly' in Gabon vote

Libreville - Pressure mounted on President Ali Bongo of Gabon on Tuesday over a disputed election win after EU observers reported a "clear anomaly" in the vote and former colonial power France and his ex-justice minister urged a recount.

French PM suggests recount of Gabon election results

Paris - French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said Tuesday a recount should be held of the votes in Gabon's disputed presidential election.

Media crackdown as Gabon hit by post-election violence

Libreville - A media crackdown in Gabon left people on Sunday searching for loved ones aided mainly by rumour and hope, following days of violence since the announcement that President Ali Bongo had been re-elected.

Clashes leave two more dead in crisis-hit Gabon

Libreville - Two people died early Friday following overnight clashes in Gabon, witnesses said, raising to five the number killed in violence that erupted after President Ali Bongo was declared victor of a disputed election.

UN Security Council deeply concerned by Gabon crisis

New York - The UN Security Council is deeply concerned by the violence in Gabon following President Ali Bongo's narrow election victory and is calling for calm, the council president said Thursday.

Five things to know about Gabon as post-vote violence flares

Libreville - One of Africa's largest oil producers and one of its wealthier nations, small lush Gabon is facing a wave of post-election violence after President Ali Bongo was declared the winner of disputed polls.

Gabon's Bongo stands firm after riots greet his re-election

Libreville - President Ali Bongo of Gabon poured scorn Thursday on opposition supporters who rioted overnight after he was declared the winner of a weekend election his main rival said was rigged.

Gabon opposition says two dead in post-election crackdown

Libreville - Gabon's opposition leader said security forces killed two people and hurt 19 in a raid against his headquarters Thursday, as violence erupted after President Ali Bongo was declared the winner of disputed polls.

Two killed at opposition HQ in post-election Gabon

Libreville - Two people were killed and more than a dozen injured as Gabon security forces stormed the opposition's headquarters early Thursday, as violence swept the capital after President Ali Bongo was declared the winner of contested polls.

Gabon opposition says two killed as security forces storm HQ

Libreville - Two people were killed and more than a dozen injured as Gabon security forces stormed the opposition's headquarters early Thursday after disputed polls, the party leader Jean Ping told AFP.

Gabon security forces attempt to storm opposition HQ

Libreville - Gabon security forces were attempting to storm the opposition headquarters early Thursday, leaving several people injured, party leaders said, hours after President Ali Bongo claimed victory in contested polls."They attacked around 1:00 am (0000 GMT).

Clashes as Gabon's Bongo narrowly wins re-election

Libreville - Gabon's president Ali Bongo was declared winner Wednesday of contested weekend elections, extending half-a-century of rule by the Bongo family which sparked clashes in the Central African nation.Protesters shouting "Ali must go!

EU, France urge 'transparent' result in tense Gabon

Libreville - Gabon's head of state Ali Bongo came under pressure from his ruling party and the international community Wednesday to deliver a fair result in a tight and increasingly tense presidential election race.
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