In the early hours of Wednesday, a group of senior Gabonese military officers took control of the nation’s TV channels, declaring the suspension of elections and the closure of borders. This move followed the announcement by the election commission that President Ali Bongo had secured a third term.
The officers, representing security and defense forces, invalidated the election results, dissolved state institutions, and closed borders indefinitely.
Tensions had risen after the recent vote, with concerns about transparency due to limited international observers and communication restrictions. Gunfire was reported in the capital, Libreville, following the officers’ announcement.