September 1, 2016 / 10:36 AM / 3 years ago

Riots erupt in Gabon capital over disputed election

Soldiers patrol a street near opposition campaign headquarters after the election in Libreville, Gabon, August 31, 2016. Life Africa TV/Handout via Reuters

LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Riots erupted in at least nine suburbs of Gabon’s capital Libreville on Thursday in protest against a disputed election win by President Ali Bongo, two witnesses and a police source said.

Supporters of Bongo’s main rival for the presidency suspect Saturday’s election, which brought Bongo back to power on a narrow margin, was rigged.

Reporting by Gerauds Wilfried Obangome; Writing by Tim Cocks; Editing by Louise Ireland

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