Presidential elections took place in Gabon on August 27, 2016. On August 31, both the incumbent president, Ali Bongo Ondimba and his main opponent, Jean Ping, announced that they won the elections. The official results, however, declared Ali Bongo Ondimba the winner, with a total of 177,722 votes to the incumbent, while Ping and his political party Union of Forces for Change collected 172,128 votes.
The news resulted in immediate and massive street protests from the opposition. During clashes between the police and protesters, at least five demonstrators were reported dead. In addition, 200 stores were ransacked and the national parliament building was set on fire: