Saturday, September 3, 2016

In Gabon, Ping Says Bongo Stole Election, In UNSC, France Calls for Calm

By Matthew Russell Lee
UNITED NATIONS, September 1 -- As in Gabon Jean Ping accuses Ali Bongo of stealing the election, in front of the UN Security Council on September 1 French Ambassador Francois Delattre told the press that his country “has pronounced itself” and wants the Security Council to condemn looting and call to guarantee the transparency of the election. Inner City Press put the audio on Soundcloud, here.
 But what does that mean? Is it a code word for more Bongo?
   The US, meanwhile, said “we call on the Gabonese Government to release results for each individual polling station.  This will help give the people of Gabon, as well as the international community, confidence the announced vote tallies are accurate.”
   UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, on a two week junket through Asia, soon through his spokesman echoed the US: “The UN supports the call of regional and international observers for a transparent verification of election results.”

   Given the long relationship of France with Omar Bongo and now his son Ali Bongo, who “holds the pen” for the Security Council on this? Watch this site.