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Communique: 624th PSC Meeting on the post- electoral situation in Gabon (14.09.2016)

Gabon Election

The Peace and Security Council (PSC) of the African Union (AU), at its 624th Meeting, held on 13 September 2016, adopted the following decision on the post- electoral situation in Gabon:

Council:

  1. Takes Note of the briefing made by the Commissioner for Peace and Security on the latest developments in the situation in Gabon, following the proclamation of the provisional results of the Presidential Election held in that country on 27 August 2016. Council Welcomes the outcome of the Mission undertaken by the Commissioner for Peace and Security to Libreville and Ndjamena from 8 to 10 September 2016, particularly to consult the Gabonese stakeholders about the envisaged visit to the country of a high-level delegation composed of African Heads of State, led by the Current Chairman of the African Union, H.E. President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad;
  2. Recalls the Press Statement PSC/PR/BR.DCXX of its 620th Meeting held on 2 September 2016. Council, reaffirming its commitment to the sovereignty of Gabon, recalls also the relevant provisions, among others, of the Constitutive Act of the African Union, the Protocol Relating to Establishment of the Peace and Security Council and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance;
  3. Welcomes the initiatives taken by the Current Chairman of the AU, H.E. Idriss Deby Itno, as well as the Chairperson of the Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma in the search for an early resolution of the post-electoral situation in Gabon, in respect of the will of the Gabonese people as expressed on 27 August 2016. Council expresses its appreciation to the countries of the region, through the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), as well as to the partners, in particular the United Nations, for their continued support to AU efforts in Gabon;
  4. Takes Note, with satisfaction, of the appeal lodged with the Constitutional Court by the candidates to the Presidential Election, thus using legal and constitutional means as provided for the resolution of any dispute related to the result of the ballot;
  5. Stresses the importance of the conclusion of the appeals process submitted by the candidates to the presidential election, in a transparent and regular manner, thus contributing to the entrenchment of democracy in Gabon, as well as to promotion of peace and stability in the country and in the region. Council requests the Commission, in close cooperation with the partners concerned, and within the respect of the sovereignty of Gabon, to support the relevant Gabonese institutions in their efforts aimed at enhancing the transparency and credibility of the review process, as well as the proclamation of the final results of the Presidential Election of 27 August 2016 by the Constitutional Court;
  6. Requests the Commission to deploy observers, who will be chosen from among eminent members of high African French speaking jurisdictions, to assist the Constitutional Court of Gabon, in accordance with the modalities to be determined by common agreement with the said Court, as well as in compliance with the rules of procedure and the relevant provisions of title VI of the Gabonese Constitution;
  7. Appeals to the partners to continue to support AU’s initiatives in Gabon;
  8. Decides to remain seized of the matter.

Blood stains, shuttered glass left over after raid on Jean Ping’s campaign headquarters (Youtube-Clip)

“The headquarters of Gabon’s opposition presidential candidate Jean Ping is a strew of broken glass and smashed furniture as a result of a raid on the office last Wednesday by security forces. The raid was said to have happened late Wednesday evening after the declaration of Ali Bongo as winner of the poll” (AfricaNews, 2016)

Statement by the Secretary-General on the situation in the Gabonese Republic (01.09.2016)

Gabon Parliament

I understand the frustration of the Gabonese people, and especially the youth.

NEW YORK, United States of America, September 1, 2016 – I am deeply concerned and saddened about the crisis in the Gabonese Republic provoked by the electoral crisis, in particular the arson attacks and disproportionate response of security agencies that has led to unfortunate loss of life and property.

I understand the frustration of the Gabonese people, and especially the youth, who  aspire to better living conditions and democratic reforms. The new government will have to take into account this message and the UN will be there to support these efforts.

It is essential that all political actors and the people of the Gabonese Republic exercise restraint and overcome their differences by peaceful means in the interest of national unity. 

I call on the government to immediately restore communications, especially the Internet, SMS and the independent radio and television.

I also call on the security forces to exercise the utmost restraint and to uphold international standards of human rights. I urge the authorities to release political detainees immediately and unconditionally. Those responsible for acts or incitement to violence will be held accountable.

The UN supports the call of regional and international observers for a transparent verification of election results. I call on the responsible institutions to deal swiftly, transparently and fairly with all complaints related to the presidential election. The Gabonese people deserve a credible electoral process.

Concerned over Arson, Clashes in Gabon following Provisional Election Results, Secretary-General Calls on Political Leaders to Address Differences Peacefully (31.08.2016)

Gabon Parliament

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

The Secretary-General takes note of the provisional results of the presidential election announced today by the Ministry of Interior of Gabon. He expresses his deep concern about the reported acts of arson and clashes between protesters and security forces in the capital Libreville.

The Secretary-General urges all concerned political leaders and their supporters to refrain from further acts that could undermine the peace and stability of the country. He also calls on the authorities to ensure that the national security forces exercise maximum restraint in their response to protests. He reiterates his call on all political leaders to address their differences peacefully and to address any disputes they may have through existing constitutional and legal channels.

The Secretary-General has requested his Special Representative for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa, Abdoulaye Bathily, to accompany the political stakeholders in Gabon in their efforts to calm the situation and to peacefully resolve the contentious issues emanating from the electoral process.

The Secretary-General will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Demonstrators set Gabon parliament on fire: witnesses (Youtube-Clip)

Clashes as Gabon’s Bongo narrowly wins re-election (Youtube-Clip)

Readout of the Secretary-General’s phone calls with H.E. Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic and Mr. Jean Ping, presidential candidate of the Démocratie nouvelle party (30.08.2016)

Gabon Election

He called on President Bongo Ondimba and Mr. Ping to impress upon their supporters the need to show restraint while waiting for the announcement of the provisional results scheduled for 30 August 2016.

NEW YORK, United States of America, August 30, 2016 – The Secretary-General spoke on 30 August by phone to H.E. Mr. Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of the Gabonese Republic and Mr. Jean Ping, presidential candidate of the Démocratie nouvelle party. He commended the peaceful holding of the presidential election on 27 August 2016. He welcomed the high voters’ turnout as well as the presence of a large number of national and international observers.

The Secretary-General expressed concern about the issuance of premature declarations on the outcome of the election ahead of the official announcement of the results.

He called on President Bongo Ondimba and Mr. Ping to impress upon their supporters the need to show restraint while waiting for the announcement of the provisional results scheduled for 30 August 2016.

The Secretary-General encouraged President Bongo Ondimba and Mr. Ping to address any dispute that may arise after the announcement of the results through the existing legal means, following a transparent and democratic process.

The Secretary-General reiterated the availability of his Special Representative for Central Africa, Mr. Abdoulaye Bathily, to assist in defusing tensions.

Gabon: Communique de Presse Libreville (30.08.2016)

Gabon Communique Libreville 30.08.2016

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General following the presidential election in the Gabonese Republic (30.08.2016)

Gabon Election

The Secretary-General congratulates the people and Government of the Gabonese Republic on the peaceful and orderly conduct of the presidential election held on 27 August 2016. He hopes the same spirit of peace and transparency will prevail before and following the official announcement of the provisional results, which should reflect the will of the people. He stresses the importance for all political stakeholders to abide by the electoral law and refrain from making remarks on the outcome of the election before it is known.

The Secretary-General calls on all Gabonese to accept the results of the election and to address any disputes they may have through existing legal and constitutional means. He asks all stakeholders to refrain from inciting or taking part in any acts of violence. The successful conclusion of the electoral process will mark an important step forward in the consolidation of democracy and rule of law in the Gabonese Republic.

The Secretary-General has asked his Special Representative for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa, Mr. Abdoulaye Bathily, to continue to engage with all relevant stakeholders to defuse tensions.

Gabon – Preliminary result document (28.08.2016)

Gabon Results 27.08.2016

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