Independent candidate withdraws from Gabon polls, roots for Jean Ping

Source:Xinhua Published: 2016/8/27 21:39:31

An independent candidate in Gabon's presidential elections Roland Desire Aba'a Minko has announced his withdrawal from the presidential contest and threw his support behind main opposition candidate Jean Ping.

Minko's withdrawal on Thursday night brings the total number of candidates who have stepped down in favour of Ping to four.

Others include ex-prime minister Casimir Oye Mba, former president of parliament Guy Nzouba Ndama and Leon Paul Ngoulakia.

Officially, there are ten candidates running for Saturday's presidential elections. Over 628,000 registered voters are expected to elect Gabon's president for the next seven years.

Incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba and main opposition leader Ping are the two front-runners.

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