Incumbent, opposition forecasting win as counting starts

Incumbent, opposition forecasting win as counting starts

The vote count has started in Gabon with incumbent President Ali Bongo and opposition leader Jean Ping both projecting a win in the tightly contested race.

Bongo who became president in 2009 after his father’s death is hoping to extend the 50-year rule of his family by getting a second seven-year term.

Opposition supporters are already accusing Bongo supporters of trying to create instability with their claims of victory.

Bongo rejected repeated requests for a televised presidential debate.

Jean Ping was the chief of the African Union and had served as Gabon’s foreign minister under Ali’s father Omar Bongo for nearly a decade.

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