Gabon election results disputed as incumbent Ali Bongo named victor

Opposition led by Jean Ping rejects electoral commission results and demands recount in province with reported 99.98% turnout

One of Africa’s longest political dynasties looks set to extend its half century of rule, after sources inside Gabon’s electoral commission told Reuters that the incumbent president Ali Bongo had won another term with 49.85% of the vote.

The commission was expected to announce that the opposition candidate Jean Ping, a half-Chinese diplomat who was previously in the Bongo family’s trusted circle, narrowly lost with 48.16%, after a fraught election that observers warned as likely to result in violence.

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