Media crackdown as Gabon hit by post-election violence

A media crackdown in Gabon left people on Sunday searching for loved ones aided mainly by rumour and hope, following days of violence since the announcement that President Ali Bongo had been re-elected. Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba arrives to cast his vote at a polling station during the presidential election. (Marco Longari, AFP) The…

Gabon: More violence looms as opposition leader rejects results

Gabonese opposition leader Jean Ping has declared himself as the rightful winner of the last elections which saw the re-election of incumbent President Ali Bongo in disputed votes. “The whole world knows today who the president of the Republic of Gabon is. It’s me, Jean Ping,” he told a news conference. Read also: Morocco: Trial…

Over 1,000 arrested in Gabon post-election protests

Three people were killed and up to 1,100 were arrested in Gabon on Thursday, the government said, in a second day of rioting over the announcement of President Ali Bongo’s re-election and his main rival’s accusation that the vote was rigged. Opposition challenger Jean Ping accused the elections commission of inflating Bongo’s score to hand…

Gabon: The struggle and pain for national autonomy

Ademola Araoye Ademola Araoye It was predictable that the August 27, 2016 presidential elections in Gabon was going to be controversial with very high prospects of violence. In the latest count, with three dead, around 1,000 people have been arrested in Libreville and other parts of the country. This followed violence that followed the announcement…

Gabon police jail 1,000 over riots, violence against Ali Bongo

As at the last count, 1,100 rioters have been arrested by police in Gabon over violence which erupted in the capital of Libreville following disputed votes which saw the re-election of incumbent President Ali Bongo. “We want everyone to see, to tour the city, to witness the level of devastation, destruction, violence organised by certain…