Opposition led by Jean Ping rejects electoral commission results and demands recount in province with reported 99.93% turnout

Clashes between opposition supporters and security forces broke out in the capital of Gabon on Wednesday after Ali Bongo, the incumbent president, was controversially declared the winner of Saturday’s election, extending the rule of one of Africa’s longest political dynasties to more than 50 years.

Three people were apparently shot dead by security forces and many more wounded after crowds tried to storm the offices of the electoral commission in Libreville shortly after authorities announced Bongo’s re-election by a narrow majority.

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