The party of Gabones President Ali Bongo Ondimba has won an overwhelming majority in the first round of Saturdays senatorial elections.
According to the official body in charge of the poll, the ruling party won 45 of the 52 seats at stake.
Meanwhile 5 opposition or independent senators were elected on Saturday and tow seats remain to be filled in the second round on 6 February.
However, the head of state must appoint by decree 15 members of the future senate.
In addition to the 15 personalities chosen by Mr Bongo for honouring service to the state, the 52 other senators are elected for 6 years in an indirect uninomal ballot by members of the municipal and departmental councils.