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Ali Bongo re-elected as Gabon President

Bongo, following his father Omar's footsteps, stood as a leader of the oil-rich state for his second term. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon Aug 31, 2016, 05.38 PM (IST)
Gabon re-elected Ali Bongo as its president today, putting an end to controversies after rival Jean Ping claimed victory earlier.

Gabon's election commission (Cenap) approved the elections and an official announcement will be made by the interior minister on a nationwide television, AFP reported.

Bongo acquired 49.8 per cent votes, winning by a close edge as Ping managed 48.23 per cent of the vote bank nationwide.

"This presidential election projects us into a new era, a new dimension of our democracy," Bongo's spokesman Alain-Claude Bilie By Nze said in a statement.

Bongo, following his father Omar's footsteps, stood as a leader of the oil-rich state for his second term. Ping has worked with Omar for many years, AFP reported.

"We tell the people of Gabon not to let their victory be stolen from them. Ali Bongo does not own this country," Paul Marie Gondjout, a commission member for Ping's party, told Reuters.

Saturday vote was not accepted by delegates from Ping's team which lead to a secret ballot voting by the members of Cenap to approve the vote count.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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