France calls for recount of Gabon presidential election results
Written by Morenike Adebayo on September 6, 2016
French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, has called for a recount of the presidential election results in the Central African nation of Gabon, which saw President Ali Bongo extend his family’s forty-nine-year rule.
He said today in Paris that the European observers on the ground have expressed their criticism on the basis of objective facts. The prime minister said that as a result of that, France is demanding a recount of the results.
Meanwhile, the African Union (AU) has reaffirmed its readiness to contribute towards the search for a solution to post-election tension in Gabon. Chadian President Idriss Deby, current Chairman of the Union, said today in Addis Ababa that this move has become imperative because he has continued to follow, with renewed attention, the evolution of the situation in Gabon.
The Chairman of the Union promised that the move will be in strict respect of the constitutional and legal provisions, as well as in the light of the relevant AU instruments on democracy and elections.