Gabon: Opposition leader Andre Mba Obame's death triggers violence

  • Gabon has been rocked by violence after the death of senior opposition leader Andre Mba Obame, with instances of targeting vehicles and arson reported.

    Though Obame, 57, reportedly died in Cameroon after a long illness, some of his supporters suspect foul play.

    Obame had refused to accept electoral defeat in the 2009 poll, and said he was the rightful president. Consequently, the government dissolved his National Union party and accused him of treason.

    A party spokesperson said that people had lost their “true president” in “unclear conditions.”

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