A group of senior military officers in Gabon has taken control of the country’s government, announcing their coup on national television.
Election officials carry ballot boxes as people wait for the opening of a polling office during the presidential election in Libreville, Gabon August 26, 2023.
Military officials said election results were cancelled, all borders closed until further notice.
The military’s bold move followed the announcement by the state election body confirming the victory of incumbent President Ali Bongo.
President Bongo secured a third term with 64.27 percent of the votes, according to the national electoral authority.
Bongo, 64, succeeded his father Omar as president in 2009.
Gabon opposition has disputed both of Bongo's previous electoral victories, citing fraud.
Appearing on Gabon 24, the officers said they represented all security and defence forces in the country.