The Central African regional organisation, Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) has suspended Gabon’s membership in response to last week’s coup by the country.
Recall that Gen Brice Oligui Nguema, the coup leader, was sworn in as provisional president on Monday.
The junta took control shortly after Ali Bongo was declared the winner for a third term as president, after the country’s controversial presidential election. He has not specified a timetable for restoring civilian rule in the country.
There may have been a few moments of self-reflection as leaders from Central Africa sat around the table and decided to suspend Gabon due to the coup.
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who hosted the summit, stated that bordering Gabon posed a threat to regional peace, security and stability.
Obiang, the President of Equatorial Guinea, is currently 81 years old and has been in power since 1979.
His family, like Ali Bongo’s in Gabon, has been accused of widespread plundering of public resources and suppression of the opposition.
He is hardly the only African leader who has been in power for a long time and is cautious of the term “coup.”
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