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> Gabon's president Ali Bongo was inaugurated for a second mandate today after an election which oppositions say he only won by cheating. I am Emma Farge reporting for Reuters from Dakar. In his acceptance speech today, President Bongo said that the constitutional court has ruled and the election result from August 27th has been confirmed.
And therefore quote, we need to move on to other things. Now Bongo's rival Jean Ping said, that he cheated in the election on August 27th. Where he won by a mathematically improbable 95% in the home province of Ottumwa. That criticism has some credibility from international observers, including the EU, who say there were anomalies there.
The other message from his speech today was that he would form a new government in the next few days. And he emphasized that he would have a dialogue with the opposition. The atmosphere on the streets in Libreville at the moment is calm with high security and checkpoints around the capital.
However, the feeling is that the moment for mass protests, as we saw after the election results was announced, has passed. Many people in cafes saying we just want things to return to normal, and while some say they do feel that the election results were rigged, they're not willing to risk their lives for it.
Remember that these six people died after the announcement of the results in early September, and the opposition says at least 50. It seems that people don't wanna take those risks again, at least not in the immediate future. However, for the second mandate of Bongo, there is the question about how easy it will be to govern in this country.
The first mandate was marred by protest and strikes at several points. So the feeling is at some point, in the next seven years, this could become an issue again, and potentially spill over into violence again.