• Gabon court upholds President Ali Bongo’s election win

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    LIBREVILLE: Gabon’s constitutional court has upheld President’s Ali Bongo’s re-election victory, rejecting an appeal by rival Jean Ping, who had called for a recount over widespread allegations of fraud. The court, while partially changing the results of the close August 27 vote, said Bongo maintained a lead over his former ally-turned-opponent Ping. At a televised public hearing overnight in Libreville, in an almost empty room, the court said Bongo had taken 50.66 percent of the vote against 47.24 percent for Ping. The announcement of Bongo’s victory after the bitterly fought election had sparked days of deadly violence.In his first comments after the ruling, Bongo, 57, appealed for “political dialogue” with the opposition to steer the country out of the crisis triggered by the announcement of his victory.

    AFP

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