Early Wednesday, Gabon's national electoral body announced that President Ali Bongo had won a third term. However, the military declared on state television that the election results were annulled and placed Bongo under house arrest.
The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) called on Thursday for the convening of an extraordinary session of Heads of State and Government following the military coup in Gabon.
According to a press release, the ECCAS commission is awaiting the convening of an extraordinary session of Heads of State and Government under the format of the Council for Peace and Security of Central Africa (COPAX), with a view to the appropriate examination of the situation in Gabon, read the press release.
The commission also called for the "rapid restoration of constitutional order" in the country, which this year holds the rotating chairmanship of ECCAS.
On earlier Wednesday, the national electoral body of Gabon announced that President Ali Bongo had won a third term. The military, however, declared on state television that the election results were canceled and placed Bongo under house arrest.
Following the coup, Brice Oligui Nguema, commander-in-chief of the Gabonese Republican Guard, was named as the transition leader of the Central African country Wednesday night. Leaders of the Gabonese military agreed by unanimous vote to appoint Nguema as president of the Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions (CTRI), Ulrich Manfoumbi Manfoumbi, the committee's spokesperson, said.
In a video clip Wednesday, Ali Bongo Ondimba called on the population to "make noise." His son Noureddin Bongo Valentin, along with several senior officials, were said to have been arrested for treason, embezzlement and corruption, among other allegations.
This coup has caused concern among countries in the region.
With its headquarters in Libreville, the capital of Gabon, the ECCAS is an international organization for the economic, social and cultural development of Africa with a view to creating regional structures that can gradually lead to a common market.