African Union suspends Gabon after military takeover

African Union suspends Gabon after military takeover

The African Union (AU) has suspended Gabon after the military ousted President Ali Bongo and took over power.

AU is now demanding for restoration of President Ali Bongo and constitutional order in the country.

The African Union’s Peace and Security Council made a first move on August 31, by barring Gabon’s participation in all its activities until constitutional order is restored.

Leaders from all over Africa and across the world have condemned the Gabon coup but the coup leader General Brice Oligui Nguema has remained adamant.

ECOWAS chairperson, who is also the president of Nigeria, Tinubu has condemned the coup in Gabon, adding that the trend was worrying.

“My fear has been confirmed in Gabon that copycats will start doing the same thing until it is stopped,” said Tinubu.

According to reliable sources, General Brice Oligui Nguema is set to be sworn in on Monday, August 4.

The military officers announced the taking over power during a live TV coverage on August 30.

At the same time, the soldiers declared they were canceling the election results of the recent presidential election in which President Ali Bongo was declared the winner.

On the other hand, Gabon’s opposition platform, Alternance 2023, supported the coup, adding that the time had come for President Bongo to retire.

The opposition politicians also demanded that the coup leaders should finish the vote count in the just concluded elections and declare the real winner.

The Gabon coup marks the end of the Bongo family dynasty’s almost six decades in power as the military prepares to offer new leadership to the country.

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