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Gabon: Civil society calls for an international inquiry on the post-electoral "massacres"


A Civil society group, an association of Europeans and Africans named “ Collective turn the page” has requested for an international inquiry on the military and police repression that followed the post-election violence in Gabon, in which at least six people were killed.

A popular revolt had followed the re-election of outgoing President Ali Bongo Ondimba “creating a military repression” in the Central African country.

Some Families are still in search of their relations who have disappeared since August 31, following the announcement of the provisional results of the presidential elections granting victory to President Bongo.

The civil-society group is requesting for an international probe on the massacre of civilians by the repression forces.

The group has called for the mobilisation of Gabonese until Ali Bongo accepts the verdict of the ballot boxes.”

Opposition leader, Jean Ping who proclaimed himself the “elected president” petitioned the Constitutional Court on Thursday to challenge the results which had triggered the deadly riots and massive scale looting in the country.

Ping had on Friday also called for an international inquiry into violence that followed the announcement of the presidential election results.

President Bongo was declared winner of the August 27 elections with a 5,000 votes lead but is currently under pressure over the controversial results which Ping said was rigged.

The announcement of the presidential election results had triggered days of riots in the capital, Libreville and some other areas. At least six people have been reported killed as a result of violence in the country.

However, Ping this week put the figure at 50 and 100, a figure that has not been independently verified.

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