Gabon. According to
countryaah, presidential elections were held in August. The
outcome was very smooth, and both President Ali Ben Bongo
and his main challenger Jean Ping proclaimed victors. The
government claimed that Bongo got 49.8% of the vote against
48.23% for Ping, the former African Union Commission
The victory margin corresponded to approximately 6,000
votes. The opposition refused to accept the result and
demanded recalculation in a district where Bongo is alleged
to have won 99.93% of the vote. EU observers also questioned
that task. Violent protests erupted and demanded at least
three deaths according to the government, while opposition
sources spoke of 50 dead. Hundreds were arrested. UN chief
Ban Ki Moon and neighboring leaders appealed for calm. In
September, Bongo was sworn in for a new seven-year term
since the Constitutional Court affirmed the election
At the same time, the government demanded that the
International Criminal Court (ICC) investigate the violence.
ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda decided to initiate a
preliminary investigation to see if there was reason to
Bongo's new "inclusive" government sworn in in October.
The Prime Minister's post went to former Foreign Minister
Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet. Some of the government's 40 members
belonged to the opposition, but none were taken from Ping's
The oil cartel OPEC decided in June to re-join Gabon as a
member. The country left the organization in 1995 after a
dispute over membership fees.
The African Football Association (CAF) in November
rumored that the African football championship would not be
held in Gabon in January 2017. The country hosted 2012
together with Equatorial Guinea.