Gabon's constitutional court has announced a recount of all of the votes in the presidential election held on August 30. Scheduled for September 29, the recount was prompted by official challenges from opponents of president-elect Ali Bongo.
Gabon's's constitutional court has ordered a recount of last month's contested presidential election, according to a spokesman for defeated candidate Pierre Mamboundou. The court has not yet confirmed the decision.
For over forty years, the country was ruled by one man, Omar Bongo. After his death, elections named Ali Bongo, Omar's son, the new president. However, two other candidates are also claiming victory. And they're not backing down.
The losing candidates of Gabon's presidential election have jointly filed a complaint with the country's top court. They accuse the victorious candidate, Ali Bongo, of having rigged the poll to ensure he would succeed his late father as president.
Gabon’s president-elect Ali Ben Bongo has embarked on a tour of central Africa where he is hoping to secure the blessing of regional leaders after his victory in a presidential election last month sparked violence in the streets.
In this edition: floods caused by heavy rain have killed nearly 160 people since June in West Africa; post-election violence mars Ali Bongo's victory in Gabon; and Cameroon responds to a report on the lavish holidays of President Paul Biya.
After calling for a vote recount in the country's disputed Aug. 30 election, Gabon's opposition has accused the government of trying to cover up a post-electoral "bloodbath" after the announcement of ruling party candidate Ali Bongo's victory.
The losing candidates (pictured) in Gabon's presidential elections claim there was widespread fraud in the poll and that the death toll due to post-election violence was much higher than the three deaths recorded.