Violence has erupted in one of Afeica’s largest oil producers Gabon after incumbent President Ali Bongo was declared winner of last week’s election.
Graffiti is seen in the capital Libreville reading ❝Ali Voleur❞, translating to Ali [Bongo] the thief
Reports are that three people have already lost their lives with over a thousand arrested as violence continue in the capital Libreville. So African leaders are yet to raise their voice on the situation in Gabon.
On Wednesday Protestors set fire to the parliament building and clashed with security forces after Bongo declared victory over opposition candidate Jean Ping by a margin of just 5,594 votes
The Chairpeson of the African Union Comission Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma tweeted that she is following developments in Gabon, encouraging a political solution
Her Deputy Erastus Mwencha says it supports the people of Gabon
On Tuesday when Jean Ping declared himself winner of the presidential election suprising everyone in the country.
Ping who is a former African Union chief is the most well-known government official in the small central African country. Still that was not enough to secure him a presidential sit.
His counterpart Ali Bongo took over Gabon in 2009 when his father, Omar, died after running the country for more than 40 years