• Ali Bongo sworn-in as Gabon president

    Ali Bongo sworn-in as Gabon president

    Ali Bongo was sworn-in Tuesday as Gabon’s president after the country’s top court controversially validated his fiercely contested election win, taking his family’s reign over the oil-rich country into a fifth decade.

    “I pledge to devote all my efforts for the good of the Gabonese people and to ensure their well-being… and respect and defend the constitution and the rule of law,” the 57-year-old said.

    Cannons were fired during the ceremony in the seafront presidential palace in Libreville, as fears of fresh […]

  • Photos: Gabon Parliament set on fire after President Ali Bongo was declared winner

    Photos: Gabon Parliament set on fire after President Ali Bongo was declared winner

    Angry protesters on Wednesday, set fire to Gabon’s national assembly as thousands of people took to the streets after an announcement that President Ali Bongo had been re-elected.

    The clashes erupted immediately Bongo was declared the winner of Saturday’s presidential poll, with opposition supporters chanting “Ali must go”.

    Two people were killed and dozens injured injured as Gabon security forces stormed the opposition’s headquarters early Thursday morning, a source inside the building said.

    “They attacked around 1:00 am (0000 GMT). It is the […]