Gabonese President Ali Bongo has pleaded for intervention after the military ousted him in a coup.
Earlier today, a group of top Gabonese military officers appeared on television to announce that they had taken power following President Ali Bongo’s re-election after spending 53 years in power.
Appearing on state television channel Gabon 24, the officers said they represented all security and defence forces in the Central African nation.
The soldiers said the election results were cancelled, all borders closed until further notice, and state institutions dissolved.
“In the name of the Gabonese people … we have decided to defend the peace by putting an end to the current regime.”
“President Ali Bongo is under house arrest, surrounded by his family and doctors,” they said in a statement read out on state TV.
Bongo’s son and close adviser Noureddin Bongo Valentin, his chief of staff Ian Ghislain Ngoulou as well as his deputy, two other presidential advisers, and the two top officials in the ruling Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG) “have been arrested,” a military leader said.
They are accused of treason, embezzlement, corruption, and falsifying the president’s signature, among other allegations, he said.
Speaking in a new video, Ali Bongo pleaded for intervention from all over the world to help rescue him and his family members.
Watch the video below…