Shops shut early in Gabon as the wait for court election ruling continues

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There’s tension in Gabon’s capital, Libreville, as people continue to wait for a constitutional court decision on a challenge to last month’s presidential election result.

The ruling is due either later today or tomorrow.

Incumbent President Ali Bongo won the vote by a margin of less than 6,000 votes and his main challenger, Jean Ping, has complained of fraud.

Violence broke out in August when the result was declared and people have been stocking their homes with extra groceries in anticipation of further trouble.

To avoid looting, many shop owners have closed early.

“We are waiting to see what’s going to happen,” one shop owner told the BBC.

Gabonese youth face police
Rioting broke out in the aftermath of Ali Bongo being declared the winner of last month’s poll

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