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2016-08-31 Bongo's Victory Declaration Sparks Libreville Protests
[Deutsche Welle] Security forces clashed with with anti-government protestors in Libreville after President Ali Bongo clinched a narrow election victory over opposition candidate Jean Ping. The opposition disputes Bongo's victory.

2016-08-31 Opposition Rejects 'Bongo's Victory'
[Deutsche Welle] Results released on Wednesday suggest that President Ali Bongo has narrowly won the presidential election in Gabon. The opposition has rejected the results and has called for a recount in at least one province.

2016-08-31 Govt Condemns Ping, Warns French Officials Against 'Interference'
[VOA] The Gabon government accused President Ali Bongo's challenger Jean Ping on Tuesday of trying to destabilize the country, and warned French ruling party officials against "interference" in its affairs.

2016-08-31 UN Chief Voices Concern Over Premature Declarations On Outcome of Presidential Elections
[UN News] In telephone conversations today with the Gabonese leaders vying for the country's presidency, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon voiced his concerns over early calls on the polls results, outside of any official process.

2016-08-30 UN Chief Congratulates Peaceful Presidential Poll
[UN News] United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people and Government of Gabon on holding a peaceful and orderly presidential election on Saturday, calling on all Gabonese to accept the poll results as the successful conclusion of the process will mark "an important step forward in the consolidation of democracy and the rule of law" in the Central African country.

2016-08-30 The Nation Braces for Results of Tense Election
[Citizen] Libreville -(NMG) Gabon braced for possible violence Tuesday as the country awaited official results from a bitterly disputed presidential election, with both sides claiming victory in a vote condemned by EU observers as lacking transparency.

2016-08-30 Government Dismisses Ping Victory Claim As 'Dangerous'
[RFI] As Gabon awaits Tuesday's official announcement of Saturday's presidential election, incumbent Ali Bongo and his chief rival Jean Ping both claim victory. Ping says he declared himself the winner early to prevent Bongo manipulating the results. On Monday, EU observers said the election lacked transparency.

2016-08-29 Jean Ping Lays Claim to Presidency Win
[Al Jazeera] Gabon's opposition presidential candidate Jean Ping has claimed victory over incumbent President Ali Bongo, whose family has ruled the oil-rich African nation for nearly half a century.

2016-08-29 President Vows to 'Calmly' Await Results As Opposition Predicts Victory
[Deutsche Welle] With two days to go until the official results are released, main opposition candidate Jean Ping has claimed the Gabon election. Many fear a repeat of the violence seen in 2009 following President Ali Bongo's election.

2016-08-29 Uncertainty Ahead of Gabon Elections
[Deutsche Welle] The people of Gabon will head to the polls this weekend. Located on the west coast of Africa, the country is substantially richer than most sub-Saharan countries but there is continuing frustration over inequality.

2016-08-27 Nation Heads to Poll As Bongo Seeks Second Term
[Al Jazeera] The people of Gabon vote Saturday to decide whether President Ali Bongo will remain in office or be unseated by a career diplomat and close associate of his late father, who ran the country for 41 years.

2016-08-27 Opposition Cries Foul in Poll
[Vanguard] The candidate hoping to unseat Ali Bongo in Gabon's presidential election on Saturday alleged a biased court ruling had opened the way to fraud because it allowed soldiers and police to vote several times.

2016-08-27 Bongo 'Dynasty' Challenged in Presidential Election
[Deutsche Welle] Gabon has begun voting in presidential elections to decide whether President Ali Bongo will be unseated by a career diplomat and associate of his late father. Unrest and economic anxiety have risen as oil prices fell.

2016-08-27 UN Chief 'Looks Forward' to Peaceful, Credible Presidential Election in Gabon
[UN News] On the eve of the presidential election in Gabon, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today encouraged all Gabonese to vote responsibly and urged the candidates and other political stakeholders to abstain from any acts of incitement and maintain a peaceful atmosphere before, during and after the election.

2016-08-26 Strong Opposition Bid Seen in Presidential Election
[VOA] Gabon President Ali Bongo is facing a tough challenge in his bid for another term in office. The runup to Saturday's vote has been tense, with the opposition questioning Bongo's citizenship and eligibility.

2016-08-23 Are Opposition's Attempts At Unifying Too Little Too Late?
[African Arguments] For President Ali Bongo Ondimba, whose family has been in power for half a century, winning the 27 August election may be the easy part.

2016-08-20 Accreditation for the Draw of the Final Tournament of the Total Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017
[CAF] The Confederation Africaine de Football (CAF) announces that the media accreditation process for the draw of the final tournament of the Total AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS Gabon 2017 opens from Thursday, 18 August 2016 to Sunday, 18 September 2016.

2016-08-17 Opposition Chooses Ping as Candidate for August Election
[VOA] Libreville -Gabon's main opposition parties chose former foreign minister Jean Ping as their candidate in an election Aug. 27 against President Ali Bongo, who is standing for a second term.

2016-08-19 President Sirleaf Hails Indonesia and Gabon On 71st and 56th Independence Anniversaries
[Observer] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent two separate messages of congratulations to the Governments and peoples of the Republic of Indonesia and the Gabonese Republic on the occasions marking the 71st and 56th respective Independence anniversaries of the two countries on Wednesday, August 17.

2016-08-18 Pres. Sirleaf Hails Indonesia, Gabon On Independence Anniversaries
[LINA] President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has sent two separate messages of congratulations to the Governments and peoples of the Republic of Indonesia and the Gabonese Republic on the occasions marking the 71st and 56thIndependence Anniversaries of the two countries respectively on Wednesday, August 17.

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