Gabon says to respect constitution after Bongo death

DAKAR, June 8 Mon Jun 8, 2009 9:52pm IST

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DAKAR, June 8 (Reuters) - Gabon's government said it would respect the country's constitution after the death of President Omar Bongo in a Spanish clinic on Monday.

"We are going to respect the constitution ... respect the institutions," Communication Minister and government spokeswoman Laure Olga Gondjout told French television.

Under the constitution, the country's interim leader -- expected to be the president of the Senate -- should organise elections in between 30-45 days' time. (For full Reuters Africa coverage and to have your say on the top issues, visit: af.reuters.com/ ) (Reporting by David Lewis; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Charles Dick)

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