A burned vehicle sits outside a government building after an election protest in Libreville, Gabon, Thursday Sept. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Joel Bouopda)
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Tension eased in Gabon's capital on Saturday after days of deadly rioting triggered by an announcement that President Ali Bongo narrowly won re-election in a vote the opposition said was stolen.More than 1,000 others were arrested in the protests that began on Wednesday and the opposition, led by Jean Ping who claims he is now president, said five people also died.Bongo came to power in 2009 on the death of his father, Omar, who ruled the Central African country for 42 years, relying on patronage fuelled by the country's oil wealth to buy off dissent.Gabon's law society said on Saturday 800 people were detained in the capital and 300 arrested elsewhere.
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