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Gabon court expected on disputed presidential election

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 file photo, Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with French President Francois Hollande as part of preparation of the upcoming COP21 Climate Conference in Paris, France. Gabon's constitutional court upheld incumbent President Bongo's  victory in last month's presidential election early Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, raising fears of continued unrest as the Bongo family extended its political dynasty of nearly half a century in the oil-rich country. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015 file photo, Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with French President Francois Hollande as part of preparation of the upcoming COP21 Climate Conference in Paris, France. Gabon's constitutional court upheld incumbent President Bongo's victory in last month's presidential election early Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016, raising fears of continued unrest as the Bongo family extended its political dynasty of nearly half a century in the oil-rich country. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)  (The Associated Press)

Gabon's Constitutional Court has convened to rule on the disputed election in which President Ali Bongo Ondimba was declared the winner by a margin of less than 2 percent.

The court is expected to rule Friday on a challenge brought by opposition candidate Jean Ping, who accuses Bongo of fraud. Both candidates claimed victory in the Aug. 27 vote.

European Union observers have said they found an anomaly in voting results in Haut-Ogooue province, a Bongo stronghold. It was said to have a 99.93 percent voter turnout.

Fiery protests erupted after the provisional results were announced at the end of August.

Ping seeks to unseat the family that has ruled this oil-rich Central African country for more than four decades.