The same day he took power, General Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema was keen to make his strategy clear to the French authorities. He claims to want to strengthen relations with Paris.
General Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema is trying to find a balance between managing the coup in Gabon while remaining diplomatic.
On 30 August, just a few hours after overthrowing his cousin and president, Ali Bongo, the now transitional president was keen to set out his approach to his French partners.
𝗡𝗴𝘂𝗲𝗺𝗮 also 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗱 𝘁𝗮𝗹𝗸𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗡𝗖𝗛 🇲🇫😳😳𝗮𝗺𝗯𝗮𝘀𝘀𝗮𝗱𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗼 𝗚𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗻, 𝗔𝗹𝗲𝘅𝗶𝘀 𝗟𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗸, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗮𝘀𝘀𝘆’𝘀 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗙𝗿𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗵 𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲 (𝗗𝗚𝗦𝗘).
Nguema has guaranteed Bongo’s safety and has also said that the latter will maintain his status as former president.
He also made a point of assuring his French interlocutors that the current situation in Gabon was not linked to Niger’s coup d’état of 26 July, which was led by General Abdourrahmane Tchiani.
Nguema has not, however, shared any details regarding the duration of the planned ‘transition’ period.