Protesters in Gabon have clashed with police, and set the parliamentary building on fire, during demonstrations against the result of the country’s presidential election.
Demonstrators in Gabon clashed with police and set part of the parliament building on fire on Wednesday as anger boiled over among opposition supporters at President Ali Bongo’s re-election in polls that his main rival, Jean Ping, claimed to have won.
Police used tear gas and water cannons to try to quell street protests.
Bongo reportedly secured a second seven-year term with 49.8% of the vote to Ping’s 48.2 %, a margin of just 5,594 votes.
Opposition members of the Central African oil producer’s electoral commission rejected Saturday’s first-past-the-post election result, which would see the Bongo family’s nearly half-century in power extended another seven years.