General Brice Nguema, cousin to ousted President Ali Bongo, has said that under his leadership, the people of Gabon will have the opportunity to nurture hope. He also promised to conduct a free and fair election.
Nguema delivered this speech following his wearing-in, highlighting that his government comprises individuals with significant experience. He expressed, “With the new government, consisting of seasoned individuals, we are committed to providing everyone with a chance to foster hope.”
Furthermore, he pledged to safeguard the achievements of democracy, uphold the principles of free and fair elections, and grant amnesty to individuals detained for their political beliefs in the country. However, he did not specify a timeline for the restoration of civilian governance in Gabon.
It’s worth recalling that Nguema recently mentioned that he was not in a rush to reinstate civilian rule in Gabon. The coup, led by Nguema and other military officers, was celebrated by many Gabonese citizens, who viewed it as the end of the 56-year rule of the Bongo dynasty. Nonetheless, the opposition candidate in the August 26 election claimed victory and dismissed the coup as an internal matter within the Bongo family.
It was reported that Nguema played a leading role in the military takeover that ousted the Bongo government shortly after the president was declared the winner of a controversial election that would have extended his tenure for a third term.
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