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Tuesday, December 8, 1998 Published at 23:40 GMT

World: Africa

Bongo re-elected in Gabon

The president of Gabon, Omar Bongo, has been re-elected for a new seven-year term after winning more than sixty-six per cent of the vote in a presidential election at the weekend.

Official figures showed that President Bongo, who has ruled the country for thirty-one years, beat seven challengers in the first round of the poll, and was therefore elected without the need for a second round.

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