A group of Gabonese officers and soldiers appeared on television Wednesday to announce that they were “ending the regime” and annulling the results of recent elections. Read above the entire statement read by one of the officers on the Gabon 24 television channel, transcribed by AFP.
“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. It is therefore clear that the organization of the general elections of August 26, 2023 did not meet the conditions for a transparent, credible and inclusive vote so hoped for by the Gabonese people.
Added to this is irresponsible and unpredictable governance, which leads to a continued deterioration of social cohesion, with the risk of leading the country into chaos. Today, August 30, 2023, we, the defense and security forces, gathered within the Committee for Transition and Restoration of Institutions (CTRI), on behalf of the Gabonese people and guarantors of the protection of institutions, have decided to defend the peace. by ending the current regime.
“To this end, the legislative elections of August 26, 2023 and the truncated results are canceled. Borders are closed until further notice. All institutions of the Republic are dissolved: the government, the Senate, the National Assembly, the Constitutional Court, the Economic, Social and Environmental Council and the Gabonese Electoral Center.
“We call for calm and serenity from the public, communities from sister countries based in Gabon and the Gabonese diaspora. We reaffirm our commitment to respect Gabon’s commitments to the national and international community.
“Gabonese people, we are finally on the path to happiness. May God and the spirits of our ancestors bless Gabon. Honor and loyalty to our country. THANKS. »