Friday 18 August 2017

Gabon: Constitutional Court postpones legislative poll

Gabon: Constitutional Court postpones legislative poll
(APA 07/19/17)

The legislative elections in Gabon have been postponed to “no later than April 2018,” according to a decision by the Central African country’s Constitutional Court, which was made public on Tuesday.

This new postponement leads de facto to the extension of the mandate of the Gabonese MPs, elected for a five-year term, which ended in December 2016.

Gabon’s Constitutional Court justifies this decision by the difficulty of “reconciling the necessary time required by the competent authorities to bring about the electoral reforms process agreed upon in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by stakeholders during the political dialogue with the observance of the deadline set by the Constitutional Court for the organization of the elections.”

The Gabonese National Assembly is largely dominated by the Gabonese Democratic Party (ruling PDG). The opposition had boycotted the previous ballot.

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