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People pose with soldiers as they celebrate in support of the putschists in a street of Libreville, Gabon.

Reuters

Another day, another coup in Africa

Just hours after being declared the winner of a fraught presidential election that the opposition says was plagued by irregularities, Ali Bongo Ondimba, the president of the central African state of Gabon, was ousted in a military coup – the seventh on the African continent in just two years.

Gen. Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema, Bongo’s cousin who’s closely linked to the ruling regime, says he is now the president of a transitional government.

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People wait in line for the opening of a polling office during the presidential election in Libreville, Gabon, on Aug. 26, 2023.

REUTERS/Gerauds Wilfried Obangome

Gabon's mystery election

We’d love to tell you all about the election results in Gabon – except we can’t, because the government’s not saying who won.

Barely two hours after opposition leader Albert Ondo Ossa called on President Ali Bongo to step down, it was announced that the internet had been cut and a nightly curfew imposed in the central African country, allegedly to “counter the spread of calls for violence ... and false information.”

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