Military Coup in Gabon

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  1. Jack Hays

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    After years of apparent stability and democratic progress in Africa, it appears that coups are back in fashion. Maybe this is just a blip; maybe it's a sign of regression. Time will tell.


    Gabon’s military coup has overthrown a powerful political dynasty. Here’s what to know


    A military coup thrust the Central African nation of Gabon into turmoil Wednesday, unseating the president – whose family had held power for more than half a century – just minutes after he was named the winner of a contested election.

    Ousted President Ali Bongo Ondimba, also known as Ali Bongo, has faced accusations of election fraud and corruption since he began ruling the oil-rich but poverty-stricken nation nearly 14 years ago. Following the coup, residents in the country’s capital were seen celebrating and embracing soldiers on the street.

    But much remains uncertain, with Bongo reportedly under house arrest, his son arrested, all borders closed and the government ostensibly shut down. International leaders have expressed concern and condemnation of the coup, some warning their citizens in Gabon to shelter in place.

    Here’s what you need to know. . . . .
     

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