Bongo son leads as votes from all provinces now in

Ali Ben Bongo, son of Gabon’s long-time ruler Omar Bongo, took a long lead over his rivals on Thursday in a election to succeed his late father, according to a Reuters tally of results announced on state television from all Gabon’s nine provinces.

Ex-defense minister Ben Bongo totaled nearly 140,000 votes, ahead of his main rival, former interior minister Andre Mba Obame on 87,000. Expatriate votes had still not been announced.

Veteran opposition leader Pierre Mamboundou was coming third with just over 50,000 votes. All three candidates had earlier declared themselves victors in Sunday’s poll. Authorities were due to official declare the winner later.


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