Gabon opposition leader Ping 'rubbishes' President Bongo’s call for dialogue

2016-10-01 11:07
Jean Ping. (File, AFP)

Jean Ping. (File, AFP)

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Libreville - Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping has reportedly dismissed President Ali Bongo's calls for talks amid political tension that has gripped the country following disputed elections.

"How can it be that the one who did not win the election should call the winner to a dialogue with him? That's the world upside down," BBC quoted Ping as saying.

According VOA, Ping called on the Gabonese people to reject Bongo as their leader, saying that he had "the blood of the Gabonese people on his hands".

"I will not associate myself to this vain attempt to legitimise the abuse of authority that the Gabonese people denounce...I'm calling every Gabonese to an active resistance until it ends," Ping was quoted as saying.

Earlier reports said that Bongo had appointed his former minister of foreign affairs, Franck Emmanuel Issoze Ngondent as prime minister to lead a new unity government.

Ngondent was appointed three days after Bongo took the oath of office to serve his second term as elected leader of the country.

Read more on:    un  |  amnesty international  |  jean ping  |  ali bongo  |  gabon  |  central africa
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