Gabon coup – level 3

04-09-2023 07:00

In Gabon, military officers have put newly re-elected President Ali Bongo under house arrest, leading to celebrations in the capital, Libreville.

The soldiers took power after Bongo was declared the winner of an election that would have extended his family’s 55-year rule in the oil-rich nation. The international community criticized the election, which marked Bongo’s attempt at a third term. Gunfire erupted after the election results were announced, followed by soldiers taking control and citizens flooding the streets. Bongo appeared in a video seeking support, while the military officers who orchestrated the coup claimed the election lacked credibility due to a crisis.

This event marks the latest upheaval in Gabon’s history, characterized by contested elections and a history of political tensions.

Difficult words: orchestrate (to plan or arrange), credibility (the quality of being convincing or believable), upheaval (a violent or sudden change to something).

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