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Bongo victory approved by Gabon election commission

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President of the permanent and autonomous national electoral committee (Commission electorale nationale autonome et permanente, CENAP) Rene Aboghe Ella (C), with vice president of the majority Oyoua Ghislain (2-L) and vice president of the opposition Moukaga Pierre Marie (2-R), presides over a plenary meeting plenary meeting before election results made by the Ministry of the Interior on August 31, 2016 in Libreville.  Gabon woke up August 31 without knowing the name of its president after a fruitless night of meetings of the election commission in the contest between incumbent president Ali Bongo Ondimba and his rival, Jean Ping. / AFP PHOTO / STEVE JORDAN

President of the permanent and autonomous national electoral committee (Commission electorale nationale autonome et permanente, CENAP) Rene Aboghe Ella (C), with vice president of the majority Oyoua Ghislain (2-L) and vice president of the opposition Moukaga Pierre Marie (2-R), presides over a plenary meeting plenary meeting before election results made by the Ministry of the Interior on August 31, 2016 in Libreville.<br />Gabon woke up August 31 without knowing the name of its president after a fruitless night of meetings of the election commission in the contest between incumbent president Ali Bongo Ondimba and his rival, Jean Ping. / AFP PHOTO / STEVE JORDAN

Gabon’s election commission (Cenap) on Wednesday approved President Ali Bongo’s re-election over challenger Jean Ping, several members said.

The official announcement is to be made by the interior minister in a nationwide television address to be broadcast shortly.

Bongo, 57, was running for a second term as head of the tiny oil-rich state previously ruled for 41 years by his father, Omar. Ping, a 73-year-old career diplomat well-known on the international scene, worked with Bongo senior for many years.

Cenap members voted by secret ballot to approve a vote count from the Saturday vote that was disputed by delegates from the Ping camp.

“The opposition abstained,” said one delegate.

At issue was the result in one of the country’s nine provinces — the Haut-Ogooue, the heartland of Bongo’s Teke ethnic group.

A report claimed Bongo had won 95.5 percent of votes in the province, with turnout at 99.9 percent.

That gave Bongo a total 49.9 percent of votes nationwide, narrowly defeating Ping’s 48.2 percent — or a win with a tiny margin of just 5,594 votes.


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  • Chukwu

    The result is what is expected. Na today? No be Africa we dey and Africans we be?

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