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Jean Ping may be Gabonese opposition presidential candidate in 2016

Libreville, Gabon - The former African Union Commission chairman, Jean Ping, is being urged by Gabonese opposition leaders to contest the 2016 presidential election against incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba.

'If the Gabonese people ask me seriously to be their candidate for the presidential election in 2016, I will accept it. I don’t fear the consequences,” said Mr Ping in an exclusive interview with PANA at his residence in Libreville.

'It’s time for the Gabonese opposition to play its role and for opposition leaders to speak with one single voice in a bid to contribute to the country’s development,' said Mr Ping, who was very close to the Bongo family and a former minister under the the late President Omar Bongo Ondimba.

“It’s clear that I no longer have any relation with the current Gabonese authorities,” added Mr Ping, who appears very popular in Gabon.

Since his return from Addis Ababa, the Gabonese authorities have been following his movements and he has stayed in his residence on the outskirts of Libreville.

The former AU Commission chairman seems to prefer the political arena, even though he has not yet made an official decision about his return to politics.

Pana 19/02/2014