In Gabon Opposition chief calls for general strike after disputed election

Ping, who says he is now the leader of the Central African nation, said in a statement on his website that his fight was not over

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African Union Commission chairman Jean Ping arrives for the African Union Summit in the Ethiopia play African Union Commission chairman Jean Ping arrives for the 18th African Union (AU) Summit in the Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 29, 2012. (REUTERS/Noor Khamis/File Photo)
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Gabon's opposition leader Jean Ping called on Monday for a general strike to protest against what he said was a fraudulent re-election victory by President Ali Bongo.

Ping, who says he is now the leader of the Central African nation, said in a statement on his website that his fight was not over, even as calm returned to the capital following deadly riots last week.

"I ask you from today onward not to use violence but to resist by blocking the country's economy," he said in the statement, addressing all Gabonese. President Ali Bongo has dismissed allegations of vote fixing.

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