In the aftermath of a presidential election marked by irregularities and an internet shutdown, Gabon witnessed a startling turn of events.
Military officers stormed Gabon’s state TV Wednesday and said they were now in charge, annulling the results and dissolving the constitution.
A torn campaign billboard shows ousted Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba in Libreville on August 31, 2023.
Whilst the international community has condemned the coup in Gabon, it has not attracted the same vehement criticism that last month’s coup in Niger did.
French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said France was watching the coup d’etat in Gabon “with the utmost attention.”.
Large crowds supporting the coup gathered Sunday near the French military base in Niamey, with demonstrators displaying signs demanding French troops withdraw.
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