Ali Bongo, 57, has won a second term as head of Gabon in a closely contested election. Sources inside the country’s electoral commission told Reuters that he won with 49.85 per cent of the vote. Before his election in 2009, this tiny oil-rich state had been ruled for 41 years by his father, Omar.
His rival, Jean Ping, a half-Chinese diplomat lost with 48.16 per cent (he actually claimed victory two days ago). Many of the electorate were also surprised that it had taken as long as five days to count a measly 600,000 votes.
On Twitter, some people remained unconvinced: