Gabon’s Bongo Doesn’t See Risk of a Coup: Europe1By
Gabon’s President Ali Bongo says he doesn’t see a risk of a coup to overthrow him after the disputed presidential election.
Speaking on France’s Europe 1 radio station, Bongo said that criticism by EU observers against the voting process in Gabon is “biased."
Protests erupted in Gabon’s main cities last week after the electoral commission announced that Bongo won the election with 49.8 percent of the vote against 48.2 percent for opposition leader Jean Ping. Ping rejected the result and called for a general strike following a heavy-handed crackdown by security forces that left at least three people dead. Bongo said in
the Europe1 interview that he won’t ask for the votes to be recounted.