The military in Gabon has staged a coup, ousting President Ali Bongo and announcing General Brice Oligui Nguema as the interim president of the country.
In a communiqué read out on Gabon 24 TV, the officers representing all the Gabonese army corps declared General Nguema as the Chairman of the Transition and Institutional Restoration Committee and Transitional President.
The announcement was made in the presence of senior military personnel, indicating unanimous support for the coup. However, the duration of the transition of power was not specified, leaving the Gabonese people uncertain about the future of their country.
As part of the coup, the curfew imposed by President Bongo will remain in force “until further notice,” restricting the movement of citizens from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. the following morning.
This measure is likely implemented to maintain control and prevent any opposition against the coup.Furthermore, the coup plotters also announced the restoration of foreign francophone media in Gabon.
This move comes after the suspension of these media outlets on the day of the presidential election, raising concerns about media freedom and transparency in the country.
Germany, among other nations, has condemned the coup, emphasizing the importance of allowing the Gabonese people to freely and independently choose their future.
Despite criticisms of the election’s transparency, Germany asserts that the people of Gabon should have the right to determine their destiny.The Bongo family, who has been in power for over fifty years, ruled Gabon until this recent coup.
This long-standing rule has raised concerns about the lack of political diversity and the concentration of power within one family.The coup in Gabon raises questions about stability and democracy in the country.
It remains to be seen how the international community will respond to this power shift and what implications it may have for the Gabonese people.
As the situation unfolds, it is crucial to prioritize the voices and aspirations of the Gabonese population, ensuring that their rights and freedoms are protected during this period of uncertainty and transition.