Members of the permanent and autonomous national electoral committee proceed to a counting in a polling station at the Akebe neighborhood in Libreville on August 27, 2016. / AFP / STEVE JORDAN
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Gabon voted Saturday in a presidential election pitting incumbent President Ali Bongo against a veteran politician riding on a promise to end a 50-year-old family dynasty.A spokesman for the main opposition candidate Jean Ping said he had more than 57 percent of the vote against less than 40 percent for Bongo, according to an incomplete early estimate by his team.However, Bongo's spokesman alleged that some of Ping's supporters in one district of the capital had prevented voters casting their ballots.Bongo, 57, came to power in a contested election in 2009, following the death of his father, Omar Bongo, who had been in power for 41 years.Until recently, Bongo was the clear favorite, with the opposition split and several prominent politicians vying for the top job.But earlier this month, the main challengers pulled out and said they would all back Ping.
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