AU to end post-election violence in Gabon

The African Union (AU) says it’s ready to assist Gabon solve post-election tension.

According to a statement by the Union, President Idriss Deby of Chad who is the chairperson of the Union has continued to monitor the situation in Gabon, following the announcement of the provisional results of the presidential poll held on August 27.

In this regard, ‘‘he maintains a constant liaison with the Gabonese main actors, as well as with other stakeholders concerned,’’ said the statement.

The Chairperson of the Union has reaffirmed the readiness of AU, with the support of the countries of the region and partners concerned, to assist the parties in Gabon in their search for a rapid settlement to the post-election situation.

This is in strict respect of the constitutional and legal provisions, as well as in the light of the relevant AU instruments on democracy and elections.

The AU Chairperson also stressed that a high-level delegation composed of African Heads of State accompanied by senior officials of the AU Commission and the United Nations, is ready to be dispatched to Libreville, as soon as the conditions for such a visit are met.

Protesters took to the streets of Libreville late Wednesday, after poll results showed that president Ali Bongo Ondimba narrowly won re-election in a vote the opposition claimed was stolen.