Gabon’s President Ali Bongo is proposing an all inclusive government.
The move comes in the wake of ongoing tension after disputed elections results.
Opposition leader Jean Ping has rejected what he says is an “unjust” ruling by the Constitutional Court, which upheld the victory of Bongo in the August 27 Election.
“After the election, I consider myself to be president of all Gabonese. I think, in a situation like we are in right now, it’s important to include representatives of all political forces as we want to go into a dialogue on the future of our country. When it comes to political reforms, I will of course extend and stretch out my hand to anyone that wants to come and help the development of the country. So I’m looking forward to inviting representatives of different political parties to join our efforts and come with us in the cabinet,” Ali Bongo said.
The new government he says would “most likely” include leading opposition figures. He has not ruled out the possibility of reserving a place for Ping.
“It’s important to live in a stable country, a peaceful country, so we need to talk to one another. And I have indicated that I was willing to talk with all political leaders in this country, in our country, including Mr. Ping (Jean Ping, opposition leader). So far, Mr. Ping has declined,”
Security has been stepped or beefed up in the capital Libreville since Thursday.
“No, there will not be any curfew. We want of course peace and order, and as I told you, I strongly believe that things are going to be okay. We’ve passed elections, he added.
Security has been beefed up in the capital Libreville since Thursday.
Six people were killed earlier this month in riots that followed the declaration of Ali Bongo’s victory.