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General Nguema Sworn In as Gabon’s Interim Leader After Military Coup

General Brice Oligui Nguema, the leader of the recent military coup in Gabon, has been sworn in as the interim head of state. He pledged to protect the republic and democracy, promised free and transparent elections after the transition, and offered amnesty to political offenders. A military parade marked the ceremony in Libreville.

The coup occurred on August 30, resulting in the detainment of President Ali Bongo Ondimba and the suspension of official laws, election results, and border closures. General Nguema held meetings with various stakeholders to address concerns.

Ali Bongo Ondimba had been in power since 2009, succeeding a 41-year rule by Omar Bongo Ondimba, with allegations of electoral fraud in the recent election.

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