Gabon’s president, Ali Bongo, tours the burned our remains of the parliament building following rioting that broke out when his re-election was announced. Ashraf Fahim reports.
Gabon's president, Ali Bongo, walks through the burned out shell of the country's parliament. The building was ransacked on Wednesday when rioting broke after Bongo's election victory was announced. His opponents say the elections were fraudulent, and took to the streets in violent protests that left at least three people dead and hundreds arrested across the country. Opposition challenger Jean Ping accused the elections commission of inflating Bongo's vote count to extend his family's nearly half-century rule in the oil-producing Central African country. But Bongo denies the charge and says he's outraged at the sacking of parliament. (SOUNDBITE) (French) GABON PRESIDENT, ALI BONGO, SAYING: "This is one of the greatest institutions in our country. It is the peoples' house, it is the house of the Gabonese." France, the United States and the European Union are calling for calm. Whatever the truth of the opposition's charges, the instability poses a serious challenge to the Bongo family's 50 year hold on power.