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Gabon court upholds Ali Bongo's re-election win

After the ruling, Bongo appealed for political dialogue with the opposition to tackle the crisis that ensued post the announcement of his victory. Photograph: (Getty)

WION Libreville, Gabon Sep 24, 2016, 04.29 AM (IST)
Gabon's constitutional court has upheld President Ali Bongo's re-election victory after rejecting an appeal by rival Jean Ping, who had asked for a recount over allegations of fraud. 

The court partially changed results of the August 27 vote and said Bongo maintained a lead by taking 50.66 per cent of the vote against ally-turned-rival Ping.

Ping's camp has refused to concede defeat in the election. "No one can dispute the fact that Jean Ping has roundly won this election," his spokesman Jean Gaspard Ntoutoume Ayi told AFP after the court announcement.

Bongo's victory after the bitterly fought election had sparked days of violent protests, sending the country in a political limbo.

After the ruling, Bongo appealed for "political dialogue" with the opposition to tackle the crisis.

"I call all political leaders, including the defeated candidates in the August 27 election, for a political dialogue," Bongo said in a speech broadcast on television. 

Jean Ping had asked the constitutional court to recount votes in the Haut-Ogooue province, the stronghold of the Bongo family, where the President won more than 95 per cent of the votes.

EU observers had said there was a "clear anomaly" in those results, AFP reported.

(WION with inputs from AFP)

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