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Gabon's Ruling Party Wins Election Boycotted by Main Opposition

  • Vote solidifies Bongo’s grip on power in OPEC member state
  • Lawmakers for another 60 seats to be chosen on Oct. 27

Gabon’s ruling party won the most seats in the Oct. 6 legislative elections that were boycotted by the main opposition leader, tightening President Ali Bongo’s grip on power.

Bongo’s Gabonese Democratic Party took 75 of the 143 seats in the National Assembly, the Gabonese Elections Center said in a statement published in the state-owned newspaper L’Union on Saturday. A second round of elections for a further 60 seats will be held on Oct. 27.