Call for 'sex strike' in Gabon if man wins poll

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Aug 27 2009 03:07 PM | Updated as of Aug 27 2009 11:07 PM

LIBREVILLE – Gabon's men should go on a "sex strike" if a man wins this weekend's presidential poll, an opposition leader said Tuesday, saying the country needs a woman as leader.

"All the men should observe an unlimited sex strike," said Samuel Ntoutoume Ndzeng, calling on the West African country's male population to begin their protest on the evening of election day on Sunday "if a man is elected".

"Power must remain with women," said the eccentric Ndzeng, leader of the tiny Gabonese Liberation Movement.

Only three of the 23 candidates to succeed Omar Bongo Ondimba are women and none are fancied to win, despite a woman, Rose Francine Rogombe, holding the interim presidency since Bongo's death in June.

But Ndzeng insists: "We will sleep with our clothes on."