Gabon - Announcement of the results of the presidential election - Statement by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (September 24, 2016)

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The Constitutional Court has announced the results of the presidential election in Gabon. France respects the Gabonese institutions. It is attached to the deep ties that unite it with Gabon.

It was with this in mind that it called for a transparent and impartial review of the results in order to resolve all questions, notably those raised by the EU Observation Mission. France notes that the appeal proceedings did not remove all doubts.

France believes that the Gabonese authorities have the primary responsibility for taking initiatives to restore the Gabonese people’s confidence in their institutions; these initiatives should not cause Gabon to stray from international standards in the field of human rights and the rule of law.

France also calls on those who are continuing to challenge the results to reject any violent action and to pursue their claims in ways that do not jeopardize peace and the well-being of the country. France would like to continue to coordinate with its African, European and international partners. It notably encourages the African Union to continue its efforts.