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Bongo aims to extend 50-year family rule in Gabon election
<p><a href="http://news.yahoo.com/bongo-aims-extend-50-family-rule-gabon-election-082544684--business.html"><img src="http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/x0w_4q1QiJ_FUh5DfY6eCQ--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3NfbGVnbztmaT1maWxsO2g9ODY7cT03NTt3PTEzMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en_ZA/News/Reuters/2016-08-28T082544Z_1007970001_LYNXNPEC7R02R_RTROPTP_2_OZATP-UK-GABON-ELECTION.JPG" width="130" height="86" alt="Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba votes during the presidential election in Libreville, Gabon" align="left" title="Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba votes during the presidential election in Libreville, Gabon" border="0" /></a>By Gerauds Wilfried Obangome LIBREVILLE (Reuters) - Gabon voted on Saturday amid discontent over its failure to raise living standards despite oil wealth, in a poll posing the biggest challenge yet to President Ali Bongo, whose family has run the central African nation for half a century. With state machinery and entrenched patronage networks behind him, Bongo, 57, is likely to be returned, seven years after winning his first election following the death of his father Omar, who ruled for 42 years. Bongo faced nine other candidates - compared with 22 in the last poll - but his main rival was veteran diplomat Jean Ping.</p><br clear="all"/>


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