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  • Updated: September 06, 2023

Gabon: Military Leader Meets Opposition Candidate

Gabon: Military Leader Meets Opposition Candidate

Gabon's military leader, General Brice Oligui Nguema has met with opposition candidate Albert Ondo Ossa as part of consultations on reconstructing the country.

In the election that was invalidated when the military seized office last week, Ossa was the leading contender to ousted President Ali Bongo.

The military rulers appear to be seeking opposition support to design a new course for Gabon.

Ossa refused to attend Gen. Nguema's inaugural ceremony on Monday.

He claimed that he had won the invalidated elections and that he should have been sworn in as president.

The meeting between the two could imply that the opposition will play a role in the temporary government.

Ossa provided no specifics but stated that the conversations were centred on the transition and restoration of government institutions.

The coup of last Wednesday appears to have some popular backing, but many are concerned about the future.

Nguema has not stated a timetable for returning the country to civilian government.

Meanwhile, the junta has released certain detainees, including Jean Rémi Yama, a pro-democracy campaigner and leader of the most influential trade union confederation. 

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