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Gabon on a knife-edge as court mulls vote outcome

Incumbent Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba attends prayers at the Assan II Mosque in Libreville on September 12, 2016The streets of Libreville were empty late Friday, with residents fearing a new bout of bloodshed as the Constitutional Court prepared to rule on who will be Gabon’s next president following bitterly-fought elections. With the country in political limbo for nearly a month, concern has been growing that a ruling in favour of President Ali Bongo could spark a fresh wave of opposition protests. The court was expected to rule Friday on whether to uphold Bongo’s wafer-thin victory in the August 27 elections or to overturn it, according to plaintiffs.

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