Another African nation has fallen under military rule, further undermining the region’s aspirations for democracy.
On August 30th, Gabon’s military declared that they had seized power and dissolved all of the country’s institutions, including the government, as AFP reports.
The coup took place during the same week that the ousted President Ali Bongo Ondimba won a third term in office in the highly-contested elections. A military spokesperson announced, on national television, that the election results were void.
The coup was welcomed by Gabonese citizens who took to the streets to celebrate the ousting of Bongo, who had ruled the country for over a decade.