Gabon election: Jean Ping challenges result in court, lodges complaint with Constitutional Court

Ping supporters cheer outside his headquarters in Libreville on August 28 [Gerauds Wilfried
Ping supporters cheer outside his headquarters in Libreville on August 28 [Gerauds Wilfried

Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping has lodged a challenge with the country’s Constitutional Court, contesting the result of a presidential vote whose validity has been questioned at home and abroad.

Election results announced last week showed incumbent Ali Bongo beating Ping by a slender margin of fewer than 6,000 votes, sparking days of deadly riots in the capital Libreville.

Jean Gaspard Ntoutoume Ayi, president of Ping’s communication team, said on Thursday that the opposition leader had asked the court to authorise a recount of the votes in a southeastern province, where Bongo won 95.5 percent of the vote.

“Ping’s demand is for a recount of the votes in the province of Haut-Ogooue, voting bureau by voting bureau,” Ayi told reporters READ MORE OF THIS STORY

SOURCES: Al Jazeera Online

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