At least 3 dead, 1,200 detained as vote protest grips Gabon
LIBREVILLE, Gabon — Gabon’s newly re-elected president sought to assert authority Thursday as the presidential guard attacked the opposition candidate’s party headquarters amid fiery protests that have seen three killed, hundreds detained and the internet blocked.
The opposition alleged election fraud after results announced Wednesday showed that a family dynasty stretching back to the 1960s would remain in power in this oil-rich Central African country.
President Ali Bongo Ondimba beat opposition candidate Jean Ping 49.8 percent to 48.2 percent in Saturday’s vote, according to the electoral commission’s provisional results.
Ping’s supporters have taken to the streets, looting and burning cars and buildings. Security forces detained 800 people in the capital, Libreville, and 400 in other areas of the nation.