Leader Of Gabon's Military Junta Sworn In As Interim President

General Nguema spearheaded the coup against Ali Bongo last Wednesday, deposing the president just days after he was declared the winner of a disputed election.
Gen. Brice Nguema
Gen. Brice Nguema BBC

Brice Nguema, leader of Gabon's military junta, has been sworn in as the country's interim president.

General Nguema spearheaded the coup against Ali Bongo last Wednesday, deposing the president just days after he was declared the winner of a disputed election.

Crowds of cheering people attended his inauguration, indicating that there is some support for the military.

However, there are fears that Gen Nguema's administration would be a continuation of the Bongo dynasty's 55-year reign as he spent almost his entire military career in the Bongo cycle of elites and is rumoured to be a cousin of Ali Bongo.

Omar Bongo, Ali Bongo's father, ruled for 41 years before dying in 2009 and was succeeded by his son.

The inauguration, which took place Monday at the presidential palace in Gabon's capital, Libreville, featured a military parade.

The ceremony was attended by supporters of the new military leadership. Former government ministers also attended, but were booed by a group of junta supporters.

The takeover is the latest in a string of takeovers across West and Central Africa.

Gabon is the sixth Francophone country to be taken over by the military in the last three years, as former colonial power France tries to maintain its hold on the continent.

Gabon has been suspended from the African Union as a result of the coup, which has been criticised by the United Nations and France.

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