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Leader of Gabon’s military junta frees detainees from past rule

The leader of Gabon’s military junta, General Brice Oligui Nguema, frees detainees from Ali Bongo’s past rule.

This action keeps his earlier vow as a transitional leader.

Jean Remy Yama was the first to be set free. He led Dynamique Unitaire, a group of unions for civil workers.

Arrested in February 2022, he faced various accusations but is now out.

After Yama, Renaud Allogho Akoué and Léandre Nzué got their freedom too. Akoué had managed the country’s health fund.

Leader of Gabon's military junta frees detainees from past rule. (Photo Internet reproduction)
Leader of Gabon’s military junta frees detainees from past rule. (Photo Internet reproduction)

Nzué was once the mayor of Libreville. Both faced charges like fund misuse and money laundering.

Nguema took control on August 30. This happened minutes after officials named Bongo the election winner.

The military and opposition questioned the election’s fairness. They blamed the old government for harming social peace.

Bongo, Nguema’s cousin, is now under house arrest. He faces serious charges, including betrayal and misuse of public resources.

Nguema also promised to fight corruption. He wants to work with parties to build robust systems and bring reforms.

Yet, he hasn’t said when new elections will happen.

Gabon’s coup follows a series of similar events in Africa. Recent military takeovers have happened in Niger, Mali, Guinea-Conakri, Sudan, and Burkina Faso.


Gabon is situated on the west coast of Central Africa and is known for its oil reserves.

The country has faced several instances of political unrest, including previous coup attempts.

General Nguema is a member of the Bongo family with a long history in Gabonese politics.

Political corruption and governance issues have been recurring challenges in Gabon.

Civil liberties, such as freedom of speech, have been limited under previous administrations.

The military’s role in Gabonese politics has grown, especially after the recent coup.

Many African countries, including Gabon, face the challenge of establishing stable democratic institutions.

The coups in Gabon and other African nations have raised international concerns.

Oil revenues make up a significant portion of Gabon’s economy, making it a strategically important country.

The military coup adds to a wave of political instability sweeping across Africa.

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