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Gabon’s President Held Under House Arrest

Last updated on October 21st, 2023 at 01:29 am

Title: Political Turmoil Unfolds in Gabon: President Ali Bongo Detained, Son Arrested for “Treason”

In a surprising turn of events, Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba finds himself under house arrest, surrounded by family and medical professionals, according to a statement broadcast on state TV. This development follows a military announcement of a government overthrow.

President Bongo’s close advisor and son, Noureddin Bongo Valentin, his chief of staff Ian Ghislain Ngoulou, along with his deputy and other top officials from the ruling Gabonese Democratic Party, have been detained on charges ranging from treason to embezzlement, corruption, and even falsifying the president’s signature.

The military officers assert that their actions are driven by a series of crises encompassing institutional, political, economic, and social realms, all of which they deem as indispensable for Gabon’s advancement. They have declared the results of the August 26, 2023 general elections null and void, while also announcing the dissolution of key state institutions. Furthermore, the country’s borders have been sealed indefinitely.

This abrupt upheaval comes shortly after President Bongo’s victory in Saturday’s elections, where he was declared the winner. However, the military officers contend that these results are now invalidated.

President Bongo, who has held power for 14 years, faces an uncertain future as the political landscape in Gabon undergoes rapid transformation. The situation remains fluid, leaving many questions unanswered about the country’s governance and stability in the days to come.

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