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Jean Ping Gabon opposition leader says he has won presidential election

Gabon's interior minister was to announce official results from Saturday's election on Tuesday evening.

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African Union commission chairman Jean Ping attends a press conference following the Somalia Conference at Lancaster House in London play Jean Ping attends a press conference following the Somalia Conference at Lancaster House in London February 23, 2012. (REUTERS/Peter Macdiarmid/POOL)
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Gabon opposition leader Jean Ping said on Tuesday that election results his team has collated from almost all of the country's regions show he has defeated President Ali Bongo, whose family has been in power for nearly 50 years.

Gabon's interior minister was to announce official results from Saturday's election on Tuesday evening.

The government has warned that anyone who announces results before the electoral commission has done so is breaking the law, and it has accused Ping of trying to destabilise the country.

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