The EU does not yet have confirmation on a military coup in Gabon, but if these reports are confirmed, the situation in the country will be discussed by European foreign ministers in Toledo on August 31. This was stated by the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell.
“I only heard this news early this morning, it is too confusing for now. If this information is confirmed, it is a new military coup which increases instability in the whole region. If this information is confirmed, I will submit it for discussion by foreign ministers (August 31),” he noted.
The Gabonese soldiers announced that they had seized power in the country, dissolved all state institutions and created a Transition and Institutional Restoration Committee. This was reported by the Gabon 24 channel.
“Today, we, the defense and security forces united within the Committee for Transition and Restoration of Institutions, have decided, in the name of the Gabonese people, to defend peace by putting an end to the current regime,” they said. declared. “To this end, the elections of August 26, as well as their preliminary results are cancelled. The borders are closed until further notice and all the country’s institutions are dissolved. The studio of the Gabon 24 channel is located in the buildings of the presidential administration of Gabon.
Reuters, for its part, reported that gunshots were heard in Gabon’s capital Libreville.
The military declaration came a few hours after the electoral commission officially announced the victory of Ali Bongo Ondimba in the presidential election on August 26, with 64.27% of the votes. He was re-elected for a third term.
The president’s current whereabouts are unknown. Authorities have yet to make an official statement.