GABON: UNREST FOLLOWING CALL FOR ELECTION RECOUNT

Following the election on 27 August which was won by only 6,000 votes by the incumbent leader, Ali Bongo, there were widespread protests in the country with several casualties. The opposition leader, Mr Ping, has lodged an appeal with the Constitutional Court to challenge the election results and the EU has also questioned the legitimacy of the election results. Last week the ports of Libreville, Owendo and Port Gentil were closed due to the protests and unrest. These ports have now returned to normal operation, but the situation remains unstable. Local correspondents have advised crew members to stay within port limits and suggest that owners might wish to delay any scheduled crew changes in Gabonese ports until the situation has stabilised. Members are advised to check with their local agents to find out up to date information on the situation.

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