Gabon’s coup leader, Brice Oligui, meets opposition chief days after swearing-in

Gabon’s coup leader, Brice Oligui, meets opposition chief days after swearing-in

Gabon’s coup leader General Brice Oligui held a meeting with opposition leaders in the country, with an aim of restoring peace in the country.

Oligui held discussions with Albert Ondo Ossa, the main opposition candidate in the presidential elections.

Ondo Ossa was the main rival in the August 26, elections that were fiercely contested.

Despite claims of election fraud, President Ali Bongo was declared winner on August 30 but was detained by soldiers after a few hours.

Gabonese soldiers gather ahead of a possible address by General Brice Oligui Nguema in Libreville on September 2, 2023. – The general who overthrew Gabon’s 55-year Bongo dynasty will be sworn in on September 4, 2023 as transitional president, the army said. The military sought to reassure donors they would “respect all commitments” at home and abroad and “phase in” transitional institutions, Colonel Ulrich Manfoumbi Manfoumbi, spokesman for the new regime, said on state television. The swearing in of General Brice Oligui Nguema will take place at the constitutional court, said the spokesman, providing the first indication of how the Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions (CTRI) would operate following the August 30, 2023 putsch. (Photo by – / AFP)

Before the coup, Ondo Ossa had called for Ali Bongo to step aside immediately he was declared winner by the electoral body.

At the same time, the new Gabon leader held talks with Central Africa Republic’s President Faustin Archange Touadera.

Economic Community of Central Africa States (ECCAS) chose President Touadera to lead the mediation process in Gabon to restore constitutional order.

Details of the meeting between Oligui and President Touadera remained unclear.

General Brice Oligui
(FILES) Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba waves as he leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Elysee Palace in Paris, on February 21, 2011. – A group of Gabonese military officers appeared on television on August 30, 2023 announcing they were “putting an end to the current regime” and scrapping official election results that had handed another term to veteran President Ali Bongo Ondimba. During the announcement, AFP journalists heard gunfire ring out in the Gabonese capital, Libreville. (Photo by Eric Feferberg / AFP)

At the same time, ECCAS has ordered the transfer of its from Libreville, Gabon to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

Touadera is also expected to meet ousted president Ali Bongo, after a meeting with General Oligui and opposition leaders.

General Oligui, the leader of the elite Republican Guard was sworn in as interim president of Gabon on September 4.

Speaking after being sworn in, Oligui promised to hold free and credible elections to restore civilian rule in Gabon.

The Gabon leader has held talks with business operators, religious leaders, and members of the civil society.

He has declared his stand in the fight against corruption in the country, warning operators in the oil industry against exploiting citizens.

Ousted president Ali Bongo took over power in 2009, from his father, Omar Bongo who had ruled the country for 41 years.

Ali Bongo was re-elected in a fiercely contested election in 2016.

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