Gabon opposition chief slams election court ruling

2016-09-24 21:00
Jean Ping (File: AFP)

Jean Ping (File: AFP)

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Libreville - Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping on Saturday slammed the validation of President Ali Bongo's election by the country's Constitutional Court as a "miscarriage of justice".

Ping accused the court of "bias" during a press conference following its ruling in the early hours of Saturday upholding Bongo's victory in the contested August 27 presidential election.

"I will not retreat. (As) president clearly elected by the Gabonese people, I remain at your side to defend your vote and your sovereignty," he said.

The Constitutional Court, while partially changing the results of the close vote, said Bongo increased his lead over his former ally-turned-opponent Ping, at a televised public hearing.

Bongo took 50.66% of the vote against 47.24% for Ping, the court ruled, putting his margin at 11 000 - higher than the less than 6 000 initially announced.

Concern has been growing that the ruling in favour of Bongo, 57, could spark more of the unrest Gabon saw after the president was first announced to have won re-election.

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