Ali Bongo seems to have won Gabon's elections. Yet his contested "victory" has radically changed the political field in this soft democracy.
The swearing-in ceremony is to be held on Tuesday despite criticism from the opposition and members of international community.
President Ali Bongo says he seeks to bring opposition into the fold.
Ping, a lifelong political insider in Gabon who has also served as chairman of the AU Commission, declined to comment directly on the ruling.
Opposition candidate Jean Ping had alleged fraud and appealed against Bongo's victory in the August election.
The opposition in Gabon strongly disputes the outcome and says votes were manipulated.
The dispute led to riots that killed at least six people and brought unwelcome international scrutiny for Ali Bongo.
Justice Minister Seraphin Moundounga resigned on Monday over President Ali Bongo's refusal to recount ballots, amid allegations of vote-rigging.
Gabon has been rocked by violent protests since the results of its presidential election were declared. This shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Social media still remains blocked, following the announcement last week of President Ali Bongo as the winner of the presidential elections.
Former colonial ruler France's foreign ministry said the way in which the results were announced was a source of concern.
Jean Ping claims victory as incumbent President Ali Bongo says he is "calmly" awaiting Tuesday's official result.
Some 628,000 of Gabon's 1.8 million inhabitants are eligible to take part in the election.
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