Germany has criticized the coup that unfolded in Gabon, even though they acknowledged that there were valid concerns related to the election process that preceded the military’s seizure of power in the central African nation. According to AFP, Germany condemned the actions taken on Wednesday and emphasized that the military shouldn’t resort to force to interfere with political proceedings.
The German foreign ministry stated that the people of Gabon should have the opportunity to independently and democratically determine their own future.
In recent events, a group of military officers orchestrated a coup in Gabon, resulting in the removal of President Ali Bongo from office shortly after he had won the presidential election on the previous Saturday. Ali Bongo had ascended to power in 2009, succeeding his father Omar Bongo, who had governed the nation for an extended period of 42 years. In response to the coup, citizens of Gabon took to the streets in Libreville, the country’s capital, to celebrate the conclusion of the Bongo dynasty’s 53-year rule.
As a result of the coup, General Brice Oligui Nguema, the chief of the Republican Guard, has been declared the transitional president by the leaders of the military takeover. This abrupt political shift has sparked international attention, with Germany’s condemnation highlighting the significance of allowing the Gabonese people to shape their nation’s destiny through peaceful and democratic means.