Ping or Bongo? Gabon leader's sister caught up in the middle

2016-09-20 18:00
Jean Ping. (File: AFP)

Jean Ping. (File: AFP)

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Libreville - Pascaline Bongo, sister to incumbent President Ali Bongo finds herself caught in the middle of Gabon's post-electoral crisis as she declines to pledge her allegiances to either her brother or her ex-lover, Opposition leader Jean Ping, BBC reports.

As Gabon descended into political violence, with opposition supporters clashing with security forces, Pascaline, who has a child with Jean Ping, has decided to publicly refrain from the difficult decision of supporting either candidate.

Pascaline according to French publication, Jeune Afrique has staunchly remained silent in public on the matter as she remains loyal to Ping who is the father of her child.

Gabon has been rocked by riots following the August 31 announcement that handed a narrow victory victory with a margin of at least 6 000 votes against Ping. 

Ping last week applied to the court to authorise a recount in the Haut-Ogooue province, Bongo's stronghold, where the president won 95% of the votes on a 99.9% turnout.

Read more on:    jean ping  |  ali bongo  |  gabon  |  gabon 2016 election  |  central africa

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