Ali Bongo Ondimba elected President of Gabon

Ali Bongo Ondimba, son of late President Omar Bongo, is elected President of Gabon after the presidential election held in Gabon on 30 August 2009.

President Omar Bongo Ondimba died on 8 June 2009, while the constitution stated that Interim President Rose Francine Rogombé should organise elections within 30 to 45 days, the Constitutional Court accepted the government’s request for a delay due to the circumstances.

23 candidates were approved to contest the election, although six of them withdrew immediately before the election, reducing the field to 17 candidates. Despite the large number of candidates, three of them were considered the key contenders for the Presidency: Ali-Ben Bongo, the son of Omar Bongo, who was the candidate of the long-ruling Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG); Pierre Mamboundou, a radical opposition leader who was backed by a coalition of parties; and André Mba Obame, a former PDG member who ran as an independent and won the backing of several other candidates.

According to official results announced on 3 September 2009, Bongo won the election with 41.7% of the vote, while Mba Obame and Mamboundou both trailed with about 25% each. Opposition supporters reacted violently to the results.

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