On August 27th, Gabon will be voting in a presidential election and the current leader, President Ali Bongo Ondimba, has warned that there may be unrest in the run to up the vote. He is the son of former President Omar Bongo Ondimba, who ruled the country from 1967 until his death in 2009. Critics have raised concerns over the distribution of considerable oil wealth and other practices.

From the Indian Express

Gabon president warns of unrest during August elections

The representative of the EU election observation mission on Thursday called on politicians to “do everything” to “avoid any violence or any form of provocation” with tensions high ahead of the presidential polls.

Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba has warned of possible unrest during the August 27 election which he said was the “strategy” of the opposition challenging his eligibility to seek a second seven-year term. “It is to be feared, because it is the opposition’s strategy for many years,” Bongo said in an interview with the weekly “Jeune Afrique” published yesterday which asked him if he feared “abuses and even violence” after the vote.

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