African Union to mediate post-election crisis in Gabon

The United States has echoed the United Nations in supporting the engagement of the African Union, in facilitating a peaceful resolution to the post-election crisis in Gabon. The AU earlier expressed a willingness to send a delegation led by current Chairperson, Chadian President Idriss Deby, to Libreville after deadly riots last week sparked by disputes over the election results. Provisional results handed incumbent President Ali Bongo victory by less than 6 000 votes, with opposition leader Jean Ping claiming fraud.

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