Three days of unrest following disputed presidential elections have moved Gabon’s government towards declaring a state of siege in the city of Port Gentil which is already under curfew.
Earlier in the capital Libreville, newly elected President Ali Ben Bongo appeared relaxed at a football match despite the growing unrest. Security remains tight in the city, after Ben Bongo succeeded his father Omar in last Sunday’s vote which rivals say was fixed. Ben Bongo has appealed for an end to the unrest and his ruling Democratic party has dropped hints that it would be prepared to work in government with rivals. But until the violence subsides paratroopers are on the streets. French commercial targets have been particularly hit by rioters as opposition critics accuse the old colonial power of having supported Ben Bongo’s election due to its extensive financial interests in the country.