Gabon coup – level 1

04-09-2023 07:00

The election takes place in Gabon. President Ali Bongo wins. He wins for the third time. His family rules the country for 55 years.

After the results, there is a shooting in the streets.  Soldiers take over the country. They stop President Bongo. He is under house arrest.  It means that he stays at home, not in prison.  The soldiers are on TV. They say that they are in control of the country now.

Many people do not like the election. They celebrate in the streets. Gabon has a history of problems during elections. Soldiers say that the election is bad.

Difficult words: election (when people vote for a person for a job in politics), history (past events), celebrate (to be very happy when something good happens).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

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