NEWS BRIEF The National Assembly building in the capital of Gabon was set ablaze Wednesday night in protest of presidential election results announced earlier that day.
The protests in Liberville began Wednesday following the announcement that the West African country’s incumbent President Ali Bongo was re-elected in a narrow victory, with 49.8 percent of the vote, Reuters reports. Supporters of rival candidate Jean Ping, who secured 48.2 percent of the vote, called the election rigged.
One Twitter account associated with Ping’s election campaign posted photos and videos showing protesters, security forces, and medical responders on the scene.
More footage and photos posted to this account showed protesters shouting and chanting. An injured man was carried away on a stretcher by paramedics and loaded into an ambulance. Some people sustained bloody cuts on their arms and chests.
Bongo was first elected president of Gabon in 2009, succeeding his father Omar, who had previously ruled the oil-rich country for 42 years. Bongo hailed the outcome of the election, which he called “peaceful and transparent,” and called for unity among the Gabonese people.