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Gabon prelate calls for international mediation to stop violence

September 07, 2016

Violence has flared in Gabon following a disputed presidential election, prompting the nation’s leading prelate to call for international mediation.

“Given the antagonistic positions of both sides, it is essential to involve a third party to mediate,” said Archbishop Basile Mvé Engone of Libreville, according to AfricaNews.com.

“It is not possible that we remain indifferent and silent before such a situation,” he added, as he deplored “the lack of truth in the democratic process and non-respect for human rights.”

The African nation of 1.7 million is 51% Catholic.

 
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