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Saturday, December 12, 1998 Published at 22:23 GMT

World: Africa

Bongo win confirmed in Gabon

The constitutional court in Gabon has confirmed that President Omar Bongo has been re-elected for a new seven-year term in office.

The president of the court Madeleine Mborantsuo said Mr Bongo won just under sixty-seven per cent of the vote in last weekend's election.

The candidate of the main opposition coalition, Pierre Mamboundou, won sixteen-and-a-half per cent.

Shortly before the court's announcement, Mr Mamboundou accused President Bongo of cheating and called for a national protest strike on Monday.

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