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France Calls for Recount of Gabon Presidential Election Results

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Gabon ViolenceManuel Valls, French Prime Minister, has called for a recount of the presidential election results in the Central African nation of Gabon, which saw President Ali Bongo extend his family’s 49-year rule.

He said on Tuesday in Paris that the European observers on the ground have expressed their criticism on the basis of objective facts.

The prime minister said that as a result of that France is demanding a recount of the results.

“France, the EU as well as the U.S. already called last week on the electoral commission to publish detailed results of all polling stations.”

Bongo, 57, won the election by a narrow margin, claiming 49.80% of votes, followed by his main rival Jean Ping with 48.23%.

Valls also expressed his concern for the safety of 15,000 French citizens currently in the former French colony.

“About 15 French citizens are currently missing in Gabon, many of whom carry dual citizenship.”

Violence broke out in oil-rich but poverty-stricken Gabon hours after the electoral commission released the results of the August 27 polls.

The opposition activists have accused the government of fraud and attacked the area around the parliament in Libreville.

They noted that the security forces responded by attacking the opposition’s headquarters, killing two people and injuring several others.

Bongo was elected for a first term in disputed 2009 polls following the death of his father Omar Bongo Ondimba, who had ruled Gabon since 1967.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

6 Comments

  1. Prince

    September 6, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Africa, Your father ruled since 1967 till 2009 and died, won’t a normal person allow others rule. Is it your birthright. This is why we are the way we are.

  2. Ada

    September 6, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Modern day slavery! Why does France have to be the one to tell them what to do? France and its hold on its former colonies is really pathetic. Soon France will send its troops into Gabon to keep the peace.

    • PSA

      September 6, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      What is at stake is more than colonialism or simple rhetoric; it is people of Gabon’s dignity and that of Africa. And anyone, from France to the USA as well as Canada, Benin, Nigeria must have a say in today’s global village. Indifference no more!

    • The Real Oma

      September 6, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      As in, the “France Calls” made me weak…

  3. Tosin

    September 7, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Valls weighs in 😀
    But actually I’m sad about this. The people deserve peace.

  4. RAPHAEL EBAKPA

    October 24, 2016 at 3:20 am

    The is nothing bad for France2ask 4 recount of result of gabon election this to enable the world know the proper winner [email protected] this foreigner do mix behave because their interest but if that ,ll bring lasting peace then is welcome

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