Gabonese soldiers appeared on television Wednesday announcing they were putting an end to the current regime and the cancelling the election result, according to official results, President Ali Bongo Ondimba won.
During the announcement, Agence France-Presse(AFP) journalists heard gunfire ring out in Libreville, Capital of Gabon.
During the announcement of 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.