Opposition Leaders in Gabon Barred From Leaving the Country

President Sarkozy and Ben Bongo

President Sarkozy and Ben Bongo

The Government of Gabon under the new leadership of Ali Ben Bongo has barred all opposition party leaders from leaving the country. The ban came after recent riots over claims of fraud in the recent presidential elections. The government says the ban will be in place until investigations into the violence emanating from the unrest are complete. Police were given strict orders not to allow any opposition party leader to leave the country.

The Interior Minister claims the Violence has been political so it was normal for the government to look into political leaders. Jean-Francois Ndongou said the investigations will center on what culminated prior to the riots and all involved in plotting to destabilize Gabon will be brought to justice. The opposition has reported that 15 people were killed as a result of the riots and accused France the former colonial master; of supporting Ben Bongo whose father Omar Bongo had strong ties with the French government. President Sarkozy recently sent congratulatory messages to the new Gabon leader on his election victory.

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