Gabon coalition takes 95% of election seats


LIBREVILLE – Gabon president Ali Bongo’s ruling coalition took 95 per cent of seats in a parliamentary election held last weekend, strengthening his hand in the central African oil-producing nation but sparking opposition accusations of fraud.

Mr Bongo’s ruling PDG party took 113 of the parliament’s 120 seats, while the allied PGCI party took one seat, according to results issued late on Wednesday by Gabon’s government.

Opposition parties took the remaining six seats.

Interior minister Jean François Ndongou said yesterday the election results were credible despite a boycott by other opposition parties. – (Reuters)