In Gabon Violence erupts following death of senior opposition figure Andre Obame

Opposition supporters in Gabon set fire to the embassy of Benin and burnt cars in the streets of the Gabonese capital, Libreville.

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Violence erupted earlier in  the day following the news of the death of senior opposition figure, Andre Mba Obame.

BBC reports that opposition supporters in Gabon set fire to the embassy of Benin and burnt cars in the streets of the Gabonese capital, Libreville.

Reports say the violence came after the announcement of the death of the senior opposition figure.

The 57-year-old reportedly died after a prolonged illness in neighbouring Cameroon earlier on Sunday.

Back in 2009, Obame, who was the former advisor to long-time President Omar Bongo, lost that election to the president's son Ali Bongo and refused to accept defeat, instead declaring himself the rightful winner and legitimate president.

Subsequently, his National Union (NU) party was dissolved by the government as a result, and Obame was accused of treason.

The ban on the NU party was however lifted in February, and while the party announced Obame's death in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde, they did not give a cause of death leading some of his supporters to accuse the government of murdering him.

Gabon's Interior Minister Guy Bertrand Mapangou has however said that everything would be done to find the perpetrators of the violence.

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