Washington Deeply Concerned about Gabon’s Evolving Events

After a group of military officers claimed they had taken over Gabon’s government in an apparent coup and placed in house arrest President Ali Bongo Ondimba. Putting an end to the 55 years of rule of his family, the State Department released a statement saying the US officials are deeply concerned about the evolving events.

The State Department spokesman Matthew Miller stressed Wednesday night that Washington remains strongly opposed to military seizures or unconstitutional transfers of power, urging those responsible to preserve civilian rule and to release and keep safe the members of Bongo’s government and their families.

Concerns were also raised over the lack of transparency in the political process and the reports of irregularities surrounding the Gabon election.

Meanwhile, the West African country’s military led by Bongo’s cousin, Gen. Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema, set up a transitional committee that warned that the unpredictable and irresponsible governance risked leading Gabon into chaos.

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