GABON: Soldiers seized power in Gabon four days after the African nation held presidential elections, the BBC reported. Army officers appeared on state television to announce that they had cancelled the 26 August vote and dissolved the country’s institutions.
President Ali Bongo had sought to extend his family’s 56-year hold on power in the election. If confirmed, the military takeover would be the seventh in western Africa in the past three years and follows a coup in Niger last month. (Bloomberg)