Gabon President Under House Arrest – Coup Leaders

The military leaders stated this on national Television where they announced that they were “putting an end to the current regime”.

(FILES) Gabon’s President Ali Bongo looks on during the One Forest Summit at the Presidential Palace in Libreville on March 2, 2023. – Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba announced on July 9, 2023 that he would run for a third term in the presidential election on 26 August. (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN / AFP)

Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba is under house arrest and one of his sons has been arrested for “treason”, military officers said Wednesday, hours after announcing they had overthrown the government.

“President Ali Bongo is under house arrest, surrounded by his family and doctors,” they said in a statement read out on state TV.

Bongo’s son and close adviser Noureddin Bongo Valentin, his chief of staff Ian Ghislain Ngoulou as well as his deputy, two other presidential advisers and the two top officials in the ruling Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG) “have been arrested,” a military leader said.

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They are accused of treason, embezzlement, corruption and falsifying the president’s signature, among other allegations, he said.

Earlier on Wednesday, military officers said they had toppled Bongo, who has been in power for 14 years, hours after he had been declared the victor in Saturday’s elections.

In a televised statement, they said the vote results had been cancelled and “all the institutions of the republic” dissolved.