Bongo sworn in
ALI Bongo has been sworn in for a new term as the president of Gabon despite widespread claims that his recent reelection was marred by fraud and vote rigging.
Cannons were fired during a ceremony on Tuesday in the seafront presidential palace in Libreville, where Bongo took his oath of office in front of leaders from several African countries.
“I pledge to devote all my efforts for the good of the Gabonese people and to ensure their well-being ... and respect and defend the constitution and the rule of law,” said Bongo in the ceremony, without making reference to the violence that erupted last month after the presidential election.
The ceremony came after Gabon’s top court controversially validated Bongo’s election win, enabling him to extend his family’s reign over the oil-rich country into a fifth decade.
Bongo won the votes with a razor-blade margin, garnering 50.66 percent of the votes against 47.24 percent for opposition leader, Jean Ping, who has vowed not to abandon his pursuit of presidency.
Ping said last week that the approval of Bongo’s victory by Gabon’s Constitutional Court, which he called “miscarriage of justice,” would neither unite the Gabonese nor affect their determination to challenge the rigged votes. — PressTV.