Why we struck – Gabonese army


In Gabon, a team of high ranking military officials have declared on nationwide Television that they took control due to the fact that the elections held over the weekend were not reliable. This declaration happened shortly after the state election board reported that President Ali Bongo Ondimba was reelected for a third term in Saturday’s controversial elections.

Military officers under the aegis of the Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions on Wednesday morning disclosed on national television the reasons for ousting President Ali Bongo from power.

They cited serious institutional, political, economic and social crises as reasons for the coup which they say is necessary for the progress of the oil-rich West African country.

In a nationwide address the junta said, “Our beautiful country, Gabon, has always been a haven of peace.

“Today, the country is going through a serious institutional, political, economic and social crisis.

“We are therefore forced to admit that the organization of the general elections of August 26, 2023, did not meet the conditions for a transparent, credible and inclusive ballot so much hoped for by the people of Gabon.

“Added to this is irresponsible and unpredictable governance, resulting in a continuing deterioration in social cohesion, with the risk of leading the country into chaos.

“Today, 30 August 2023, we, the defence and security forces, gathered as the Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions (CTRI) on behalf of the people of Gabon and as guarantors of the institutions’ protection have decided to defend the peace by putting an end to the current regime.”

The Gabonese Election Centre announced that Mr Bongo had won 64.27% of the vote, compared to Albert Ondo Ossa’s 30.77%. This came after a series of delays. Early Wednesday morning, officers showed up on Gabon24 and declared they had annulled the elections, ended all government establishments, and sealed off Gabon’s borders.

This coup would bring to an end Bongo’s family’s 53-year hold on power in the country

Meanwhile, the whereabouts of the ousted President Bongo are unknown.


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