The military has taken over government in Gabon. The Military in Gobon has taken over power from Gabonese President, Ali Bongo days after winning the presidential election.
According to the BBC, troops went on Gabonese national television in Gabon to declare their takeover of power.
The coupists also proclaimed the cancellation of Saturday’s election and the dissolution of the country’s democratic institutions.
The coup’s spokesman stated he was speaking on behalf of the “Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions” on Gabon 1 and Gabon 24.
The Gabonese President, Ali Bongo, has been deposed by the military, days after winning the presidential election.
According to the BBC, soldiers were said to have appeared on Gabonese national television in Gabon to announce that they had taken power.
The coupists also announced the annulment of Saturday’s election and the dissolution of the democratic institutions in the country.
Speaking on Gabon 1 and Gabon 24, the spokesman of the coupes said he was speaking on behalf of the “Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions”.
He said: “We have decided to defend peace by putting an end to the current regime. To this end, the general elections of August 26, 2023, and the truncated results are canceled.
“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 Republican Guard members, regular army soldiers, and police officials.
Bongo, who took control when his father died in 2009, won a third term in an election that the opposition said was severely contested.
The event comes amid efforts in Niger Republic to settle the ouster of a democratically elected president.
As of the time of writing this story, neither the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) nor the African Union (AU) has responded to the coup in Gabon.