Coup d'état in Gabon: who is General Brice Oligui Nguema?

Brice Oligui Nguema: “I do not yet declare myself as the Gabonese head of state”

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General Brice Oligui Nguema, who currently serves as Gabon’s transitional president, has expressed his intention to participate in the reform of the country’s government. Besides, it could be replaced by another.

According to fellow Jeune Afrique, the soldier assumed responsibility for the Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions (CTRI) which was created after the coup d’état. The putschists confirmed this information in a press release early this Wednesday evening. In particular, he was designated as “president of the Transition”.

However, at the start of the day, General Brice Oligui Nguema refused to present himself as the new leader of the Gabonese state. “I am not yet declaring myself as the Gabonese head of state, I am not considering anything for the moment. This is a debate that we are going to have with all the generals. It will be about reaching a consensus. Everyone will put forward ideas and the best ones will be chosen, as well as the name of the person who will lead the transition”did he declare.

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As head of the Republican Guard, Brice Oligui Nguema was responsible for protecting Ali Bongo, Gabon’s deposed head of state. In addition, Jocksy Ondo-Louemba, Gabonese journalist and writer, declared on BFMTV that it was “of a man in the inner circle”.