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Violence Grips Gabon After Closest-Ever Presidential Vote

  • Police, army barricade streets after parliament set on fire
  • Unrest is ‘extremely unusual’ for oil producer, analyst says
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Violence erupted in Gabon’s capital after electoral authorities said President Ali Bongo had narrowly won a second term in the closest-ever election in the nation’s history. Yields on Gabonese Eurobonds surged the most in almost seven months.

Police and army soldiers barricaded main streets in the capital, Libreville, as military helicopters flew overhead in the seaside city of about half a million people. Internet services were suspended throughout the country, while state-owned television withheld any information about the protests, including the torching of parliament late Wednesday.