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Gabon: Two killed, many wounded following Bongo's victory

A protester runs amid tear gas canisters during confrontations with the police in Libreville on August 31 as part of a protest sparked after Gabon's president Ali Bongo was declared winner of last weekend's contested election. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Libreville, Estuaire, Gabon Sep 01, 2016, 06.20 AM (IST)
Two people died and many were injured in violence that struck Gabon’s capital following President Ali Bongo’s victory.

Gabon security forces stormed the opposition’s headquarters on Thursday as protesters took to the streets of Libreville alleging the government of tinkering with the poll results.

Bongo won a second term by a thin margin over rival Jean Ping in the recently contested polls.

"They were bombarding with helicopters and then they attacked on the ground. There are 19 people injured, some of them very seriously," Ping told AFP.

The government said that the operation was to catch "criminals" who had set fire to the parliament building.

Results of the presidential election were announced on Wednesday afternoon, extending the nearly five decade-long rule by Bongo’s family.

The opposition has termed the election as fraudulent and called for voting results from each of Gabon’s polling stations to be made public. The United States and European Union have supported this call.

Bongo had first taken power in 2009 in a violence-marred election and was followed by the death of his father Omar Bongo.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for calm and expressed concern over the clashes in the former French colony hit by global slump in the price of crude oil.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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