The flash of an explosion is pictured amid flames and smoke billowing from the National Assembly building in Libreville after it was set ablaze on August 31, 2016 by demonstrators. / AFP / MARCO LONGARI
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Gabon's capital Libreville erupted into a second day of violent protests on Thursday sparked by a disputed election, with at least three dead and hundreds arrested after the challenger rejected results that gave President Ali Bongo a narrow victory.The result extends for another seven years the Bongo family's half-century grip on power in a country where oil accounts for about 60 percent GDP.Bongo's office accused the Ping camp of planning "coordinated attacks on symbols of the state", adding that security forces had in response encircled Ping's headquarters and clashed with his supporters, resulting in one death.Bongo won 49.80 percent of votes in Saturday's election against 48.23 percent for Ping, according to results read by Moubelet Boubeya on Wednesday, after the announcement was delayed by one day.Bongo was elected in 2009 upon the death of his father Omar Bongo, who ruled Gabon for 42 years.
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