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31.08.2016 Africa

Demonstrators set Gabon parliament on fire: witnesses

By AFP
Smoke and flames billow from the National Assembly building in Libreville after it was set ablaze on August 31, 2016 by demonstrators protesting after Gabon's president Ali Bongo was re-elected.  By Marco Longari (AFP)
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Smoke and flames billow from the National Assembly building in Libreville after it was set ablaze on August 31, 2016 by demonstrators protesting after Gabon's president Ali Bongo was re-elected. By Marco Longari (AFP)

Libreville (AFP) - Gabon's national assembly was set ablaze Wednesday evening by angry protestors who took to the streets after an announcement that President Ali Bongo had been re-elected, witnesses said.

"The whole building is catching fire," a man at the scene who gave name as Yannick told AFP. AFP journalists further away could see a plume of smoke above the building.

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