There are signs that certain internal political forces are uniting behind the new administration.
On September 5th, Central African Republic President Faustin Touadera held exclusive talks with Gabon’s junta-appointed leader in Libreville. These discussions took place in the aftermath of the regional bloc ECCAS’s strong condemnation of Gabon’s August 30th coup.
The Central African bloc, ECCAS, has suspended Gabon’s membership but has hesitated to apply penalties in response to President Ali Bongo’s nonviolent military takeover. This is the eighth coup in West and Central Africa in three years.
No official statements were given to the press following Touadera’s private meeting with General Brice Oligui Nguema, who was just installed as interim president amid shouts from supporters celebrating the end of the Bongo family’s 56-year rule.
According to a source within the Gabonese presidential palace, Touadera’s journey to Libreville was made in his capacity as a mediator between the junta and ECCAS.
Nguema has promised to form a new administration for the oil-rich country soon and to oversee transparent and democratic elections. However, he has not stated how long he expects the transition to democracy to take.
There are signs that certain internal political forces are uniting behind the new administration. Albert Ondo Ossa, the leader of Gabon’s main opposition group, claimed a private and productive chat with President Nguema, releasing an image of their handshake and expressing optimism for Gabon’s future.
Alternance 2023, Ondo Ossa’s opposition platform, claims that he was the rightful winner of a recent election. Military personnel took over shortly after Bongo was named the winner, an outcome they deemed untrustworthy.
Bongo has been under house arrest since the coup, with the exception of a solitary video appeal for international assistance.