Africa

Gabon's President Bongo sworn in after disputed elections

  • FILE-In this file photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba, looks on as he leaves French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace after a meeting as part of preparation of the upcoming COP21 Climate Conference in Paris, France. Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba has been sworn in, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, for a second seven-year term, extending a family dynasty in place for decades after a disputed vote saw his re-election by a slim margin. (AP Photo/Francois Mori,File)

    FILE-In this file photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba, looks on as he leaves French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace after a meeting as part of preparation of the upcoming COP21 Climate Conference in Paris, France. Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba has been sworn in, on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, for a second seven-year term, extending a family dynasty in place for decades after a disputed vote saw his re-election by a slim margin. (AP Photo/Francois Mori,File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba stands on stage as he is sworn in for a second term in Libreville. Gabon, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba has been sworn in for a second seven-year term, extending a family dynasty in place for decades after a disputed vote saw his re-election by a slim margin.(AP Photo/Jeremi Mba)

    Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba stands on stage as he is sworn in for a second term in Libreville. Gabon, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016 Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba has been sworn in for a second seven-year term, extending a family dynasty in place for decades after a disputed vote saw his re-election by a slim margin.(AP Photo/Jeremi Mba)  (The Associated Press)

  • Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba, during his swearing in ceremony for a second term in Libreville, Gabon, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba has been sworn in for a second seven-year term, extending a family dynasty in place for decades after a disputed vote saw his re-election by a slim margin.(AP Photo/Jeremi Mba)

    Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba, during his swearing in ceremony for a second term in Libreville, Gabon, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016. Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba has been sworn in for a second seven-year term, extending a family dynasty in place for decades after a disputed vote saw his re-election by a slim margin.(AP Photo/Jeremi Mba)  (The Associated Press)

Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba has been sworn in for a second seven-year term keeping his family's dynasty in place for decades after winning re-election by a slim margin in a disputed vote.

Bongo on Tuesday vowed to defend the constitution and to be fair to all. He called for political dialogue with the opposition. But opposition candidate Jean Ping has rejected dialogue, accusing Bongo's ruling party of vote-rigging.

Gabon's Constitutional Court on Saturday ruled that Bongo won the Aug. 27 vote despite concerns raised by the opposition and international observers. It said Bongo won 50.66 percent of the vote while Ping got 47.24 percent. Ping said Saturday he would not back down.

Fiery protests and violence erupted in the oil-rich country after provisional results were announced Aug. 31.