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See Video As Army Takes Over Power In Gabon



The military has again staged a coup in another African country, Gabon, as army officers appeared on national television and announced the takeover from the democratic government.

According to BBC, the coup leader annulled the outcome of Saturday’s election, where the incumbent President, Ali Bongo, was declared re-elected and winner of the poll.

According to the electoral commission, Bongo won under two-thirds of the total votes cast, but the opposition has argued that the poll was fraudulent. The development would end the 53-year hold on power by the family of Bongo in Gabon.

Twelve soldiers appeared on television announcing they were cancelling the results of the election and dissolving “all the institutions of the republic”.

Speaking on Gabon 1 and Gabon 24, the spokesman of the coupist said he was speaking on behalf of the “Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions”.


See Video As Army Takes Over Power In Gabon


He said: “We have decided to defend peace by putting an end to the current regime. To this end, the general elections of 26 August 2023 and the truncated results are cancelled.

“All the institutions of the republic are dissolved: the government, the Senate, the National Assembly and the Constitutional Court. Also, the country’s borders have been closed until further notice.”

Among the soldiers were members of the Republican Guard as well as soldiers of the regular army and police officers.

Bongo, who came to power after the death of his father in 2009, won a third term in an election that opposition argued was heavily disputed.

The development comes amid the move to resolve the removal of a democratically elected president in Niger Republic.

Both the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and African Union (AU), which have rejected the coup in Niger, are yet to react to the coup in Gabon as of the time of filing this report.

This online news platform understands that Gabon Military officers are saying they were annulling the results of Saturday’s election, in which President Ali Bongo was declared the winner.

The electoral commission said Mr Bongo had won just under two-thirds of the votes in an election the opposition argued was fraudulent. His overthrow would end his family’s 53-year hold on power in Gabon.

One of the soldiers said on TV channel Gabon 24: “We have decided to defend peace by putting an end to the current regime.”

This, he added, was down to “irresponsible, unpredictable governance resulting in a continuing deterioration in social cohesion that risks leading the country into chaos”.

TGM reports that Ali Bongo came to power when his father Omar died in 2009.

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