Violence Breaks Out in Gabon After Close Vote
Libreville’s on fire. Yesterday, results of the weekend’s presidential election were announced: Incumbent Ali Bongo won with 49.8 percent of the vote over Jean Ping’s 48.2. Moments after the announcement, protesters reportedly tried to storm the election commission, shouting “Ali must go!” and refusing to accept the result. They set fire to the parliament building, then government security forces set upon the opposition headquarters, allegedly killing at least two. Gabon’s constitutional court must finalize the results, but questions about high turnout have the opposition vowing to fight for a recount.