UN chief appeals for calm ahead of Gabon election ruling

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Political leaders in Gabon and their followers are being urged by the UN Secretary-General to "exercise maximum restraint" as the country awaits a decision on the recent presidential elections.

Gabon's Constitutional Court is set to deliver a ruling this Friday on the disputed vote between incumbent Ali Bongo and opposition candidate Jean Ping.

Charles Appel reports.

The UN chief has called on the authorities in the Central  African country to fully respect human rights and fundamental freedoms during what he described as "this challenging period." 

Ban Ki-moon urged political leaders and their supporters to refrain from any form of violence and to remain calm ahead of the ruling. 

Gabon's citizens went to the polls on 27 August. 

Provisional results released several days later showed that President Ali Bongo had won by a margin of around 6,000 votes. 

The capital, Libreville, erupted in violence following the result. 

The Secretary-General said the authorities and political leaders are responsible for ensuring that such violence is not repeated. 

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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