Gabon has been thrust into political turmoil as military forces have announced a coup, effectively deposing President Ali Bongo following the controversial declaration of his victory in the recent election.
Ali Bongo, who ascended to power in 2009 after the passing of his father, secured a third term in office after Saturday’s election. However, the opposition strongly contested the election results, asserting that they were marred by irregularities and controversy.
The military’s decisive action was evident as soldiers appeared on Gabonese national television to declare their takeover of power. In a dramatic turn of events, the coupists also announced the annulment of the election that had secured President Bongo’s disputed third term.
This development unfolds against the backdrop of ongoing efforts to address the removal of a democratically elected president in Niger Republic. The situation further underscores the challenges facing democratic governance in certain African nations.
As news of the coup broke, the international community, including bodies such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU), who have recently condemned the coup in Niger, have yet to respond to the unfolding events in Gabon. The situation remains fluid and is expected to be a matter of serious concern among regional and international stakeholders.
As developments continue to unfold, more details will emerge regarding the situation in Gabon and the global response to this sudden upheaval.
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