Gabon Military Junta Swears In Coup Leader, Brice Nguema As Interim President | #NwokeukwuMascot
Gabonese military junta has sworn in coup leader, General Brice Nguema, as the country’s interim president.
General Nguema last Wednesday led a coup against elected President Ali Bongo, and removed the president from office shortly after he was announced the winner of the country’s election disputed by the opposition.
The BBC reported on Monday that crowds of cheering civilians turned up at General Nguema’s inauguration, showing their support for the military takeover of power in the country.
A military parade was held at Monday's inauguration, which took place at the presidential palace in Gabon's capital, Libreville.
Sympathisers of the new military leadership attended the ceremony. Former ministers from the ousted government also showed up but were booed by a crowd of junta sympathizers.
However, there are concerns that General Nguema's rule will be a continuation of the 55-year Bongo dynasty, whose father, Omar, was in power for 41 years before he died in 2009 and was succeeded by his son.
General Nguema spent most of his career in the Bongo's inner circle and is even thought to be Ali Bongo's cousin.
General Nguema's inauguration is the latest in a series of military takeover of constitutional power across West and Central Africa.
Gabon has become the sixth Francophone country to be taken over by the military in the last three years as former colonial power France struggles to maintain its influence on the continent.
Meanwhile, Gabon has been suspended from the African Union following the coup, which has been condemned by the UN and France.