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  • Updated: October 19, 2023

Gabon: Coup Leader Turns Down Presidential Salary

Gabon: Coup Leader Turns Down Presidential Salary

Gabon's military leader, General Brice Oligui Nguema, has stated that he will no longer be paid as president and will only be paid as commander of the republican guard.

He was chosen as acting president after President Ali Bongo was deposed in August.

The junta's spokesperson, Col Ulrich Manfoumbi, confirmed the announcement on Wednesday night, claiming that Gen. Nguema decided because he was "aware of the social emergencies and many expectations of the Gabonese people."

“Each day that passes allows the [junta] to become more aware of the general state of deterioration of the country and public finances in particular,” Col. Ulrich Manfoumbi said.

Allegations of corruption and other financial concerns beset former President Bongo's 14-year term; the junta claimed the country's finances were the "victim of a real criminal fury."

In addition to foregoing his presidential salary, Gen. Nguema decided to reduce public spending by eliminating political funding, decreasing session allowances, and reducing lawmaker allowances. According to the presidency, the state's finances would be integrated.

The most recent measure has been interpreted as an attempt to restore Gabonese residents' trust in the country's leadership.

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