Gabonese coup leader Nguema appoints new Parliament

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General Brice Oligui Nguema, leader of the coup d’état in Gabon, on Saturday appointed the members of a new National Assembly and a new Senate for a transition period before elections promised at an unknown date.

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Military and police chiefs joined forces on August 30 to carry out a bloodless coup, widely supported by politicians, civil society and the general public after more than 55 years of Bongo family rule .

The new regime has committed to organizing free elections and returning power to civilians on a date to be agreed during a “national dialogue”.

The military has said it hopes elections will be held between April and June 2024.

On behalf of the head of the transitional state, a regime spokesperson read on national television the 98 new deputies, including personalities from the opposition parties and certain supporters of the deposed president. Ali Bongo Ondimba.

The military had already established a civilian government for the transition period, led by Raymond Ndong Sima as prime minister, who had previously served as prime minister before becoming one of the country’s leading politicians. opposition under Bongo.

The government must work with a national transition council made up of army officers who have the same portfolios as ministers.

Under Bongo, parliament had legislative powers but was reduced to automatically approving the policies of the ruling party.

Ali Bongo, 64, took over after the death of his father Omar in 2009 after nearly 42 years in power.

Moments after being declared the winner of disputed August elections, Bongo was abruptly ousted.

Many saw it as an action to liberate the Bongo dynasty which left a small fraction of the country’s 2.3 million inhabitants. oilA rich nation lives in opulence while a third survives below the poverty line.

(AFP)

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