Gabon opposition threatens action

2011-12-20 22:06

Libreville - Gabon's opposition parties that boycotted the December 17 legislative election warned on Tuesday they were ruling nothing out as they mulled their reaction to the governing party's landslide.

"The Gabonese opposition does not recognise the validity of the December 17 ballot since the parliament it will bring into office represents less than 10% of the population," Jules Aristide Bourdes Ogouliguende said.

The former speaker and senior opposition figure known as "Jabo" was speaking to reporters in the name of a coalition of parties that chose to boycott Saturday's election.

When asked what the opposition would do next, Jabo said: "We are ruling nothing out and when I saw nothing, I mean nothing."

President Ali Bongo's Gabonese Democratic Party claimed on Monday to have secured 114 out of parliament's 120 seats, its best score since the end of the single party system in 1991.

African observers gave the vote a thumbs up but reports suggest turnout was very low. Official results are expected to be released on Thursday.

But the opposition went into the polls in disarray. One cluster of parties decided to boycott over the absence of biometric polling equipment, but another group chose to field candidates regardless.