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Decision time for Ping as Gabon court deadline looms

Gabonese opposition leader Jean Ping gives a press conference at his residence in LibrevilleAll eyes in Gabon were on Jean Ping on Thursday, as the opposition leader had only a few hours left to take his claim of presidential election fraud to the country’s highest court. With the clock ticking on Ping’s court bid, the government meanwhile said a planned visit to Gabon of African Union heads of state had been indefinitely postponed. Any appeals against provisional results of the August 27 presidential election — which gave incumbent Ali Bongo a razor-thin lead over Ping — were supposed to be lodged at the Constitutional Court by 4 pm (1500 GMT), but the court has the power to delay this deadline until midnight.

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