Gabon's interior ministry has declared incumbent President Ali Bongo as the winner of the country's closely-fought presidential race.

Interior Minister Pacome Moubelet Boubeya said on Wednesday that Bongo had won 49.80 percent percent of the vote and rival candidate Jean Ping ahd won 48.23 percent.

Election commission members belonging to the opposition denounced the vote, which one commissioner for Ping's party, Paul Marie Gondjout, said was "stolen".

More to follow.

Source: Agencies