Senior military officials in the African country of Gabon announced a few hours after the election results were released that they intend to put an end to the current government's rule, which was elected for a third term in office.
Officers of the Gabonese army announced in a televised statement on the country's television channels that following the receipt of election results held during the day, they intend to "put an end to the regime of Bongo," referring to Ali Bongo, the incumbent Prime Minister of Gabon who was elected for another term.
Additionally, the officers explained that they "observe a government lacking responsibility that is leading the country into chaos" and that they will not accept its continuation in office. Furthermore, according to reports, gunshots were heard in the capital city of Libreville.
The broadcasted statement from the military personnel came just a few hours after the announcement of election results in the country, in which Ali Bongo won by a large margin.
Gabon is not the first country in the region to experience a military coup in recent times. Just about a month ago, a group of senior military officials carried out a coup in Niger, another West African country, where the incumbent president was ousted by top military officials.