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Gabonese go to polls for presidential election
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14:37, August 30, 2009

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The Gabonese went to polls on Sunday to elect a new president to succeed late President Omar Bongo Ondima who died of illness in Spain on June 8 this year.

The presidential election is widely seen here as the most important one as it will witness the first power transfer in the country in 40 years.

In accordance with the Constitution of Gabon, a presidential election must be arranged within 30 to 45 days after the death of Omar Bongo.

The interim government led by Rose Francine Rogombe proposed to the Constitutional Court that the presidential election be delayed beyond the 30 to 45 days deadline due to the pressing time.

On July 15, the Autonomous and Permanent National Electoral Commission (CEANP) proposed to the interim government that the election be held on Aug. 30.

A total of 18 candidates are competing in Sunday's presidential election for the country's top job.



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