“The United States has suspended most financial assistance to the central African country of Gabon in response to August’s military takeover.”
“The United States has concluded that a military coup d’état has taken place in Gabon.”
“The wife of Gabon’s deposed President Ali Bongo Ondimba has been charged with ‘money laundering’ and other offences, the public prosecutor said Friday, a month after a coup toppled her husband.
Sylvia Bongo Valentin has been under house arrest in the capital since her husband was overthrown on August 30, moments after being proclaimed the winner in a presidential election.”
“President Ali Bongo Ondimba called on people to “make noise” to support him. But crowds instead took to the streets of the capital and sang the national anthem.
They are celebrating a coup attempt against a dynasty accused of getting rich on the country’s resource wealth while many of its citizens struggle to scrape by.”
“Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba is ‘under house arrest’ surrounded by his family and doctors, and one of his sons has been arrested, notably for ‘high treason’, the military behind a coup d’état announced on Wednesday morning.”
“A group of Gabonese military officers appeared on television Wednesday announcing they were “putting an end to the current regime” and cancelling an election that, according to official results, President Ali Bongo Ondimba won.
During the announcement, AFP journalists heard gunfire ring out in the Gabonese capital, Libreville.”
“The elections in Gabon – presidential, legislative and municipal – have gone ahead without the presence of election observers.”