Military Officers Seize Power In Gabon, Announce Cancellation Of Election Results

Gabon’s military officers took control of the country through a televised announcement after President Ali Bongo Ondimba was declared the winner of a disputed election, maintaining his family’s rule.

The officers, representing the “defense and security forces, declared their action as the “Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions.”

They dissolved various institutions, voided the election results, and closed the country’s borders.

Celebrations erupted on the streets of the capital, Libreville, accompanied by reports of gunfire.

This development follows a trend of military takeovers in Western and Central Africa,

undermining democratic progress. Ali Bongo’s extended rule began in 2009,

succeeding his father who had been in power since 1967.

Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on September 21, 2022.

Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba addressed the UN General Assembly in New York City on September 21, 2022.

Military officers announced the government’s seizure from President Ali Bongo Ondimba in Libreville on a Wednesday.

In the recent election, Ali Bongo faced 18 challengers, with some backing Ondo Ossa to narrow the race in the oil-rich but impoverished nation of 2.3 million.

Concerns of unrest arose after the vote, with international observers noting transparency issues.

Ahead of the election, Reporters Without Borders criticized the Gabonese government for limiting foreign press coverage.

The EU’s Josep Borrell warned that if confirmed, the situation could increase instability in the region.

French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne stated her country was closely monitoring the situation.

Gabon has a history of power struggles and unrest during Bongo’s rule,

including a 2016 contested re-election that led to violent protests and a 2019 coup attempt.

By Chinedu

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