Violence have erupted in parts of Gabon as angry protesters torched the country’s parliament house on Wednesday after President Ali Bongo was declared winner of a very tight election.
The president, who is believed to be a Nigerian that was adopted during the Biafra war, had claimed that the election was “peaceful and transparent”, but the opposition said it was fraudulent.
It only took a few minutes for the announcement to sink in before several poorer neighbourhoods in Libreville erupted in anger, with people taking to the streets to express their fury. More photos below;
According to official results made public shortly after 1500 GMT, Bongo won the presidential poll by just 5,594 votes, taking 49.80 percent to 48.23 percent for his rival Jean Ping, a veteran diplomat and former top African Union official.
By nightfall, protesters vented their fury by setting fire to the parliament building, sending skyward a plume of flame and black smoke, witnesses and AFP correspondents confirmed.
Officially, the results will remain “provisional” until they are approved by the constitutional court.