GABONESE POLITICIAN ‘ARRESTED FOR THREATENING ALI BONGO’

Authorities in Gabon have placed an opposition politician in custody after he threatened President Ali Bongo, the AFP news agency reports.

State prosecutor Steeve Ndong Essame Ndong told AFP that Roland Desire Aba’a Minko was placed in custody after “he threatened state security, inciting rebellion and circulating fake news to undermine public order.

The BBC reports that earlier this month Mr Aba’a Minko threatened to blow up government property if Mr Bongo refused to step down within three days.

He said that Jean Ping, declared the loser in last year’s disputed presidential vote, was the country’s leader.

Mr Aba’a Minko stood as an independent candidate in the election before withdrawing in support of Mr Ping.

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