General Nguema to be Sworn in as Gabon’s Transitional President
Gabon’s General Brice Oligui Nguema is set to take the reins as the “transitional president” come Monday at an official swearing-in ceremony at the constitutional court. This move follows the sudden removal of President Ali Bongo Ondimba by the military.
The Path Ahead for Gabon
According to Ulrich Manfoumbi Manfoumbi, the representative for the Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions (CTRI), the country is expected to usher in “transitional institutions” in the coming days. This announcement, which was aired on state TV, has left many speculating about the tenure of these transitional systems, as no specific duration was mentioned.
The focus, however, remains on ensuring a smooth governance transition. Senior government officers, including general secretaries, officials of ministerial offices, director generals, and other state service officials, have been mandated to expedite the restoration of all public functions. They are tasked with ensuring that all public services resume seamlessly and effectively.
Gabon’s Assurance to Global Partners
The country’s army chiefs have unequivocally pledged that Gabon will continue to honor all its domestic and international obligations. Emphasizing this commitment, the spokesman for the CTRI conveyed General Oligui’s message to the international community: he aims to bolster trust among donors, development allies, and state creditors. The General ensures that every necessary step will be taken to uphold the nation’s commitments, both within its borders and beyond.
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