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Gabonese stockpile food amid fears of post-election violence

Tensions are running high in Libreville, with many businesses shutting their doors.

File picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gabonese residents in the capital of Libreville are stockpiling food for fear of post-election violence.



Both main candidates have claimed victory and alleged irregularities by their rivals.

European Union (EU) observers declared Saturday's poll to have lacked transparency.

Former foreign minister Jean Ping, who's the main opposition candidate among the ten contenders against President Ali Bongo has held two press conferences since Saturday, urging incumbent president to accept the will of the people and step down.

Bongo's camp, on the other hand has accused Ping of trying to cast doubt over the results of the ballot.

The 76-strong EU observer team gave the poll the thumbs down.



However, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has congratulated Gabon on holding peaceful elections and urged the candidates to accept the outcome.

Tensions are running high in Libreville, with many businesses shutting their doors and people buying up food for fear of street protests and clashes.