People in Gabon celebrate ouster of pro-French government

2023-08-31 15:37:42
People in Gabon celebrate ouster of pro-French government

People in Gabon have taken to the streets in droves to celebrate the military's toppling of the pro-France government of President Ali Bongo.

On Wednesday, the people in the capital Libreville and some other cities gathered to celebrate, a few hours after a group of senior military officers announced they had seized power and placed the newly re-elected president under house arrest.

The military takeover came minutes after the results of the presidential election showed that President Bongo had won a third term in an allegedly rigged election, further extending his family’s 55-year rule in the oil-rich Central African nation.

The coup leaders allege that the election held over the weekend was not credible, prompting them to seize power due to “election fraud.” International observers have also criticized the vote.

Opponents say the Bongo family has done almost nothing to share the state's oil and mining wealth with the country’s 2.3 million people during its more than half a century in charge of Gabon.

This is while France, Gabon's former colonial ruler, has condemned the military coup in the African country.

The French government’s spokesman Olivier Veran said earlier in the day that Paris was following events “with a lot of attention” and that it “reiterates its desire to see the results of the election respected,” referring to Saturday's disputed presidential election in Gabon.

France has around 400 soldiers permanently deployed in Gabon for training and military support, including at a base in the capital Libreville, and has extensive economic relations with the African country in the mining and oil sectors.

Opponents say the Bongo family has done almost nothing to share the state's oil and mining wealth with the country’s 2.3 million people during its more than half a century in charge of Gabon.

This is while France, Gabon's former colonial ruler, has condemned the military coup in the African country.

The French government’s spokesman Olivier Veran said earlier in the day that Paris was following events “with a lot of attention” and that it “reiterates its desire to see the results of the election respected,” referring to Saturday's disputed presidential election in Gabon.

France has around 400 soldiers permanently deployed in Gabon for training and military support, including at a base in the capital Libreville, and has extensive economic relations with the African country in the mining and oil sectors.

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