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Video: Gabonese stockpile food amid fear of post-election violence

Marco Longari, AFP | Supporters of the Gabonese opposition leader Jean Ping gather outside his party headquarters in Libreville on August 28, 2016.

Residents of the Gabonese capital of Libreville on Monday stocked up on food and other supplies as rival candidates simultaneously claimed victory in the country’s presidential election and traded barbs.


Opposition candidate Jean Ping has held two press conferences since Saturday’s poll, urging incumbent president Ali Bongo to “accept the will of the people” and step down.

Meanwhile, Bongo’s camp has accused Ping of trying to cast doubt over the results of the ballot, which EU observers said “lacked transparency”.

Tensions were running high in Libreville, with many businesses shutting their doors and people buying up food for fear of street protests and clashes.

Click on the player above to watch FRANCE 24’s full video report on the presidential election in Gabon.

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