Gabon coup leader sworn-in as interim president.

Written by on September 4, 2023

General Brice Oligui Nguema has taken oath of office as Gabon’s interim president this Monday.

Nguema who led the coup last week that toppled Gabon’s 55-year-old dynasty promised to hold a free and transparent elections after an unspecified period.

Ali Bongo’s father, Omar, was in power for 41 years before he died in 2009 and was succeeded by his son.

The general spent most his career in the Bongo’s inner circle and is even thought to be Ali Bongo’s cousin.

There was also a military parade at the event at the presidential palace in the capital, Libreville.

Former ministers from the ousted government also showed up, but were booed by a crowd of junta sympathisers.

The inauguration is the latest in a series of military takeovers across West and Central Africa.

Gabon is the sixth Francophone country to fall under military rule in the last three years as former colonial power France struggles to maintain its influence on the continent.

Gabon been suspended from the African Union following the coup, which has been condemned by the UN and France.

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