The attempted coup in Gabon is a reminder to the Bongo family—who have ruled for decades—that their reign is fragile, and will need serious reforms to survive.
A group of soldiers attempted to take power and called in a radio appeal for a popular uprising against ailing President Ali Bongo, who is abroad recovering from a stroke.
President Ali Bongo has been hospitalised for more than three weeks in Saudi Arabia, and his absence could trigger significant changes in the tiny nation.
It is not clear when it will be come law or if it affects President Faure Gnassingbe, who has been in power since 2005 and is serving a third term.
Despite President Ali Bongo's promises to give more cabinet seats to the opposition, they only received one seat in the Gabonese government.
The constitutional court rejected opposition leader Jean Ping's claim that election results were rigged.
Opposition candidate Jean Ping said the President Ali Bongo rigged the presidential elections and called for the international community "to help the people of Gabon."
Jean Ping's declaration has added to the uncertainty in Central African country where violence erupted after recent presidential elections.
Gabon opposition leader says two people were killed and others wounded by security forces as violent protests continue in opposition of the re-election of President Ali Bongo in the country's capital.
Angry opposition supporters set the parliament building on fire in protest to the reelection of resident Ali Bongo in Saturday's presidential vote.
Supporters of President Ali Bongo and his main challenger, Jean Ping, also traded accusations of fraud allegedly committed during Saturday's vote
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta burns thousands of elephant tusks and rhino horns, seeking a world ban on their trade.
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