Sunday, November 27, 2005

Gabon poll elects new president

him of using the nation's wealth to buy votes.
They point to the dozens of parties supporting the president. Opposition candidates also accused him of disrupting their campaigns.
Radical opposition leader Pierre Mamboundou is seen as the most serious threat to Mr Bongo.
But the BBC's Christophe Pons in Libreville says new rules introduced in 2003 could favour Mr Bongo, who is facing a fragmented opposition.
The changes removed the need for the winning candidate to get 50% of ballots cast. Whoever wins most votes on Sunday is elected.
The extensive use of high-tech advertising glorifying Mr Bongo and the absence of pro-opposition posters have illustrated the financial gap between the president and his rivals, our correspondent adds.
Story from BBC NEWS: 2005/11/27 08:34:23 GMT© BBC MMV


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