Gabon Coup: Changes in Rwanda and Cameroon

By Agencies August 31, 2023 5244

New Appointments in Cameroon
The President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, who is 90 years old and has been in office for 41 years, recently made some changes in the Ministry of Defense and military positions.

Retirements in Rwanda
Meanwhile, the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, who has been in power for about 20 years and plans to run for re-election in 2024, retired several high-ranking figures from the army.

Preventing Similar Situations
It is believed that these two long-standing leaders are taking precautions in their own countries to prevent a situation like the recent coup in Gabon.

Military Takeover in Gabon
In Gabon, a group of soldiers took over the government by entering the national television building early in the morning.

The Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions
The military administration, known as the Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions (CTRI), announced the cancellation of the August 26 elections and the closure of the country's borders.

General Brice Oligui Nguema
General Brice Oligui Nguema, the Commander of the Republican Guard, was appointed to lead the CTRI.

Ali Bongo Ondimba
The incumbent President Ali Bongo Ondimba had won the presidential elections held on August 26 for the third time.

The Bongo Family's Long Rule
The Bongo family has been governing Gabon for 56 years. Father Omar Bongo was first elected president in 1967, and when he passed away in 2009, his son Ali Bongo took over.