This video clip, which was taken from Gabon 24, depicts Gabonese soldiers on television on August 30, 2023, declaring they were “putting an end to the current regime” and calling for the cancellation of an election that President Ali Bongo Ondimba won, according to the official results. – The announcement was being made when shooting could be heard in Libreville, the capital of Gabon. One of the soldiers announced the liquidation of “all the institutions of the republic” while also cancelling the results. One of the soldiers declared on TV station Gabon 24: “We have decided to defend peace by overthrowing the current regime.” He added that he was speaking for the group.
“Commission for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions.” In order to do this, he said, “the general elections of August 26, 2023, and the truncated results are cancelled.” He continued by declaring that “until further notice,” the nation’s borders would be closed and that “all the institutions of the republic are dissolved: the government, the Senate, the National Assembly, and the Constitutional Court.” Along with regular army soldiers and police officers, the soldiers included members of the Republican Guard.
According to the BBC, army officers in Gabon appeared on national television on Wednesday to declare their assumption of power.
They claimed to be nullifying the election results from the previous day, in which President Ali Bongo was pronounced the victor.
We have chosen to safeguard peace by overthrowing the ruling dictatorship, the soldiers who identified themselves as CTRI (The Committee of Transition and Restoration of Institutions) stated.
Albert Ondo Ossa, Bongo’s major rival, placed second with 30.77%, according to the electoral commission. Ondo Ossa’s charges of electoral irregularities have been refuted by Bongo’s team.
His removal from office would put an end to his family’s 53-year rule of Gabon.