Sept. 18, 2009, midnight
More than two-dozen politicians have jointly asked Gabon's constitutional court to annul the August 30 election of Ali Ben BONGO as President. The group consists mostly of opposition candidates and is suing for examination of results from each of the country's 2,815 polling places. Several of them claim to have gathered evidence of fraud. Despite their post-election unity, 23 candidates successfully sought election commission approval to run, and 17 ultimately contested the race. BONGO claimed 42 percent of votes, followed by OBAME and MAMBOUNDOU with 26 and 25 percent, respectively. A former cabinet minister himself, BONGO succeeds his father, Omar BONGO, who ruled for 41 years.