Gabon - Statement issued by Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development (September 2, 2016)

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France condemns all of the violence that has been taking place over the last few days in Gabon. The actions of the political parties, like the security forces, must comply with the law.

The current situation of the opposition leaders being held at Jean Ping’s campaign headquarters in unsanitary conditions, outside of any legal framework, poses a humanitarian risk. We call on the Gabonese authorities to address the situation by allowing those persons concerned to regain their freedom of movement. This gesture would also help to promote calm.

We again urge the parties to use all means of appeal available under the law to ensure that the results of the presidential election are examined in a transparent and impartial manner in order to respect the will of the people.

The French authorities are in contact will all parties, including our African and international partners, in order to find a swift solution to the crisis.