Justice Minister resigns over failure to recount ballot


Gabon’s Minister of Justice, Séraphin Moundounga, has resigned after the government decided not to recount votes following the recent controversial presidential election.

The electoral commission announced results several days late last week in the presidential election (28th August 2016) where incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba, won by just 5,594 votes difference on a 59.46% turnout. International observers described the election as flawed.

Opposition candidate Jean Ping has called for a general strike and says that he is the winner of the election.

The justice minister is reported as saying “I invite the president of the republic to make the wise decision to avoid the useless suffering of the people, by recounting the votes and making public the ballot counts for each bureau.”

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