Just In: Soldiers Hijack Power In Gabon, Oust President Bongo After 14-Year Ruling

By Damilare Adeleye

Reports have emerged that soldiers have taken over power in Gabon, ending the ruling of President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who recently won a reelection after 14 years in power.

According to reports, a dozen Gabonese soldiers appeared on television Wednesday announcing that they have put “an end to the current regime.”

The military officers also announced cancellation of an election that, according to official results, President Bongo won.

It was learnt that during the announcement, there was gunfire in the Gabonese capital, Libreville.

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 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 percent of the vote.