Gabon riots in Port-Gentil after elections

Gabon’s main oil hub of Port Gentil is under curfew after violence sparked by the announcement that Ali Ben Bongo, son of the country’s long-time leader Omar Bongo, had been elected president.

Port-Gentil

Port-Gentil

Port Gentil is under a dusk-to-dawn curfew following a day of violence during which opposition demonstrators burned the French consulate and looted nearby shops. Prisoners in the port were broken out of jail.

The French Foreign Ministry says demonstrators attacked facilities owned by the French oil firm Total and the U.S. oil services company Schlumberger.

The Foreign Ministry says there are no plans at present to evacuate French residents from Port Gentil, although all have been advised to remain in their homes.

Opponents of the ruling party rioted following the declaration that former Defense Minister Ali Ben Bongo won Sunday’s presidential election.

Soldiers and opposition supporters clashed in the streets of the capital, Libreville. Politicians allied with opposition candidate Pierre Mamboundou say he was slightly injured in the unrest.

The violence follows days of delays in announcing final results of the vote because the electoral commission was split over its authority to investigate returns from nearly 3,000 polling stations

During that delay, all of the three leading candidates declared themselves the winner.

But when Interior Minister Jean Francois Ndongou announced the results on live television on Thursday, victory went to Mr. Bongo.

Source: VOA News

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