Gabonese opposition calls for general strike

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Gabonese soldiers run to take position as supporters of opposition leader Jean Ping protest in front of security forces blocking a demonstration trying to reach the electoral commission in Libreville on August 31, 2016.
Protestors flooded onto the streets after the election announcement

Gabon’s defeated presidential candidate Jean Ping has called for a general strike today.

Jean Ping asked Gabonese people in a Facebook post to stay at home and stipulated people should not be violent.

He said in the post that the events in the last few days, since the announcement of the election result, have been “carnage” as dozens of compatriots have been killed by the “bloodthirsty regime”.

He insists that he won the election polling 58% of the votes, contrary to the official results which said incumbent Ali Bongo won.

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