Gabon’s new army chief was sworn in as the top of the nation Monday, lower than per week after it ousted the president in an obvious coup.
Gen. Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema was sworn in contained in the presidential palace in entrance of presidency officers, army and native leaders within the capital of Libreville. Oligui is a cousin of former President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who was ousted from his workplace final week and whose household had dominated the nation for greater than 5 many years.
Oligui, a head of the republican guard and a former bodyguard of Bongo’s father, stated on the swearing-in ceremony that the army took over with none bloodshed and vowed to revive energy to the folks by means of free elections.
“With the brand new authorities, made up of skilled folks, we’re going to provide everybody an opportunity to hope,” he stated.
Hours earlier than the mutiny final week, Bongo had simply received one other time period as president in a vote that was plagued with irregulates and an absence of transparency. A spokesperson for the brand new authorities stated final week that individuals round Bongo had been arrested for “excessive betrayal of state establishments, large embezzlement of public funds [and] worldwide monetary embezzlement.”
9 members of Bongo’s household are additionally below legal investigation in France for embezzlement and cash laundering.
The U.S. has additionally voiced its considerations over the battle within the Central African nation.
“The US is deeply involved by evolving occasions in Gabon. We stay strongly against army seizures or unconstitutional transfers of energy,” State Division spokesman Matthew Miller stated final week. “We urge these accountable to launch and make sure the security of members of presidency and their households and to protect civilian rule.”
The Related Press contributed.
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