UN ‘deeply concerned’ by chaos in Gabon after Bongo poll win

Supporters of Gabonese opposition leader Jean Ping confront security forces blocking the demonstration trying to reach the electoral commission in Libreville on August 31, 2016. Bongo’s government pressed a fierce crackdown, with security forces rounding up about 1,000 people. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Three people were killed and around 1,000 arrested during rioting overnight after Bongo was declared the winner of the election by a razor-thin margin over rival Jean Ping.
  • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the immediate release of political detainees, and added that the United Nations supported calls for a verification of the results.



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