UPDATE: President Ali Bongo, son under House Arrest. ” 20 things to know about Gabon’s military coup

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The military in the early hours of Wednesday announced the takeover of the government in Gabon.


It has now been confirmed that President Ali Bongo and one of his son’s are now under ” House Arrest ” in the capital, Libreville.

This is coming after the July 26 coup d’état in Niger Republic when the country’s presidential guard detained President Mohamed Bazoum and presidential guard commander general Abdourahamane Tchiani proclaimed himself the leader of a new military junta, shortly after confirming the coup a success.

A group of senior Gabonese soldiers on Wednesday appeared on national television and said they had taken power, minutes after the state election body announced President Ali Bongo had won a third term.

The senior officers said they represented all security and defence forces in the Central African nation.

Here are things to know about the Military coup in Gabon

1. Gabon general election was held on August 26, 2023.

2. Incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba ran for re-election.

3. The Gabonese Democratic Party, of which Bongo is a member, has ruled the country continuously since independence from France in 1960, including 41 years under Bongo’s father, Omar.

4. Allegations of electoral fraud and irregularities immediately emerged from opposition parties and independent observers, casting a shadow of doubt over the legitimacy of the election results

5. Bongo was declared the winner on 29 August.

6. Albert Ondo Ossa, who came second in the elections, alleged electoral irregularities.

7. Ondo Ossa, just two hours before the polls closed, denounced “fraud orchestrated by the Bongo camp.”

8. He had already claimed victory and urged Bongo to facilitate a peaceful transfer of power based on his own purported vote count.

9. The election result was annulled following the coup d’état.

10. The military-led coup ousted the re-elected president, Ali Bongo Ondimba.

11. Following the announcement of the coup, celebrations broke out in the streets of Libreville.

12. The coup occurred just minutes after Bongo’s re-election was declared at 3:30 AM WAT by the Gabonese electoral commission with 64.27% of the vote.

13. There has been no comment from the government of Gabon, which is a member of the oil producer group OPEC.

14. No reports on the whereabouts of Bongo, who was last seen in public casting his vote in the vote on Saturday.

15. The coup is the eighth in West and Central Africa since 2020.

16. The latest one, in Niger, was in July.

17. Military officers have also seized power in Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso and Chad.

18. Bongo’s family has ruled the oil producing but poor nation for 56 years.

19. His detractors say he has done little to channel its oil and other wealth towards the population of some 2.3 million people, a third of whom live in poverty.

20. In a speech delivered on the country’s Independence Day on 17 August, Bongo, a close ally of France, insisted that he would not allow Gabon to be subjected to “destabilization”, referring to the other coups.

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