A coup has happened in Gabon as a group of senior military officers took over the government.
The coup in Gabon becomes the seventh coup in Africa since 2019.
According to media reports early Wednesday, the senior military officers made this known through an announcement on national television.
“In the name of the Gabonese people … we have decided to defend the peace by putting an end to the current regime,” Aljazeera quoted the officers as saying.
They said they seized power in the central African country because elections held over the weekend were not credible.
They cancelled the elections, dissolved all state institutions and closed the country’s borders.
Gabon held an election on Saturday to elect a leader, the elections returned disputed after the electoral body announced incumbent President Ali Bongo as winning a third term.
Mr Bongo has been president since 2009 following the death of his father.