UN Chief Calls for Verifying Presidential Ballot Results in Gabon

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The UN backs calls on Gabon to verify results of the recent presidential election, the organization’s secretary-general said Thursday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Central African country re-elected incumbent President Ali Bongo for a second term on Wednesday, prompting accusations of fraud by his rival Jean Ping.

"The UN supports the call of regional and international observers for a transparent verification of election results. I call on the responsible institutions to deal swiftly, transparently and fairly with all complaints," Ban Ki-moon said.

Violence erupted after the national parliament building in the capital Libreville went up in flames overnight, and several Ping’s supporters were reportedly killed by security forces.

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