NEWS BRIEF Gabon’s Constitutional Court upheld President Ali Bongo’s victory in the country’s contested presidential election, rejecting opposition leader Jean Ping’s challenge that the results were rigged.
Aujourd’hui je suis Président de la République Gabonaise, je suis le Président de tous les Gabonais et je souhaite rassembler #DirectABO— Ali Bongo Ondimba (@PresidentABO) September 24, 2016
“Today I am President of the Gabonese Republic, I am the President of all Gabonese and I wish [the country] to come together,” Bongo said.
As we previously reported, last month’s presidential election in the West African country came under international scrutiny last month when Bongo, the son of longtime President Omar Bongo, was declared the winner by 5,594 votes. The official results showed Bong receiving 95 percent of the vote in a province that saw a 99.9 percent turnout rate—results Ping’s supporters dismissed.
Ping appealed to the Constitutional Court for a recount, which the court agreed to despite the fact