The military in Gabon has announced a takeover of the government of the country through a coup de tat.
Gabonese soldiers took over a television station on Wednesday announcing they were “putting an end to the current regime”.
They also announced the cancellation of the country’s election won by President Ali Bongo Ondimba, according to official results by the National Election Authority (NEA).
According to AFP journalists, there was gunfire in the Gabonese capital, Libreville, during the announcement of the military takeover.
While announcing the cancellation of the results one of the soldiers said “all the institutions of the republic” had been dissolved.
“We have decided to defend the peace by putting an end to the current regime”, one of the soldiers said on TV channel Gabon 24, adding that he was speaking on behalf of the “Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions”.
“To this end, the general elections of 26 August 2023 and the truncated results are cancelled,” he added.
“All the institutions of the republic are dissolved: the government, the Senate, the National Assembly and the Constitutional Court,” he added, announcing the closure of the country’s borders “until further notice”.
Among the soldiers were members of the Republican Guard as well as soldiers of the regular army and police officers.
The statement was also broadcast on Gabon 1 public television.
The announcement came shortly after the national election authority said Bongo, who has been in power for 14 years, had won a third term in Saturday’s election with 64.27 per cent of the vote.