Military officers in Gabon say they have seized power in the central African state, just after the country’s election body announced president Ali Bongo had won a third term.
PUTRAJAYA: All Malaysians in Gabon are safe following the announcement of a military coup in the country.
In a statement, Wisma Putra said the High Commission of Malaysia in Abuja, Nigeria, was liaising with local authorities to obtain the latest developments in Gabon.
“Malaysian citizens in need of any consular assistance are requested to contact the High Commission of Malaysia in Abuja,” said Wisma Putra.
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“Any further developments will be communicated from time to time.”
The High Commission of Malaysia in Abuja is located at No 4A, Plot 2232 B, Rio Negro Close Off Yedseram Street, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria (Phone: +234 92908488, +234 7031365197 [duty officer], email: [email protected].
Reuters reported that military officers in oil-producing Gabon said they had seized power today and had put president Ali Bongo under house arrest, soon after the central African state’s election body announced he had won a third term.
Officers who said they represented the armed forces declared that the election results had been cancelled, borders closed and state institutions dissolved.
Reuters also reported that the tense vote without international observers was set to extend the Bongo family’s more than half century in power.