Internet access in Gabon has been restored after a three-day interruption due to presidential elections. This is what Agence France-Presse (AFP) reports.
Earlier, after the closing of polling stations, a curfew was imposed in the country and access to the Internet was blocked. According to a government official, this was done in order to prevent violence, incitement to violence and the dissemination of false information. Before that, Gabon’s external borders had been closed. As Interior Minister Lambert-Noël Matha said, there were forces in the country capable of undermining stability and peace. Broadcasting of French television channel France 24 and radio station RFI was also suspended.
The coup came almost immediately after Gabon’s national electoral center announced that current President Ali Bongo Ondimba had been reelected to a third term with 64.2% of the vote. The head of state’s main rival was Albert Ondo Ossa, who obtained 30.7% of the vote. The opposition announced electoral violations and disagreement with the results.