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Military group overthrows President, seizes power in Gabon

Wednesday, August 30th 2023 - 09:12 UTC
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Gabon's borders will remain “closed until further notice,” the officers said Gabon's borders will remain “closed until further notice,” the officers said

A group of military officers making up the so-called “Committee for the Transition and Restoration of the Institutions” of Gabon seized power Wednesday in the African country, announcing the “end to the current regime” through a TV broadcast. The rebels also said they had dissolved all government institutions and annulled last Saturday's elections.

The Committee explained the decision had been taken to defend peace in the country in the face of the deterioration of social cohesion and warned that all borders would remain “closed until further notice.”

The military's announcement came hours after the electoral authority announced the re-election of President Ali Bongo Ondimba, with 64.27 % of the votes in Saturday's elections.

According to foreign correspondents, sounds of gunfire have been recorded in Libreville, the capital of the African country.

Bongo, who survived an attempted military takeover in January 2019 as he was recovering from a stroke, first took office in 2009 after the death of his father, Omar Bongo, who had ruled since 1967.

Saturday’s elections were heavily questioned for their perceived lack of transparency, followed by Bongo’s government curtailing internet service and imposing a curfew, citing the need to prevent the spread of misinformation.

Wednesday's events came after last month’s military overthrow of President Mohamed Bazoum of Niger, the latest in a series of coups across West and Central Africa since 2020.

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  • Brasileiro

    The days of French colonialism in West Africa seem to be coming to an end.

    Aug 30th, 2023 - 12:59 pm 0
  • Vladimir

    Yes, thanks God Almighty, the days of colonialism be it French or British is coming to an end after the centuries of parasiting on poor people in so many corners of the world. Hope and pray it will be a bloodless transition in Gabon as well.

    Aug 30th, 2023 - 09:00 pm 0
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