Gabon Coup: Ousted President Ali Bongo Ondimba was kicked out of office after winning a third term in a poll that his opponents called a “sham.”
Amidst wide spread jubilation by the people of Gabon, the international communities have voiced their opinion on the recent coup.
“France condemns the military coup that is underway in Gabon and is closely monitoring developments in the country,” said Olivier Veran, a spokesman for the French government. “France reaffirms its wish that the outcome of the election, once known, be respected,” Veran said.
France and Gabon have maintained strong economic, diplomatic, and military connections, and France now has 400 soldiers stationed in Gabon to lead a regional military training program. These ties have also extended to the military sphere.
America (the United States)
“It should be of the utmost concern. “We are going to continue to do everything we can to support the idea of democratic ideals that are expressed by the African people,” said White House national security spokesman John Kirby. “We are going to watch this closely, and we are going to continue to do everything we can to support the idea.”
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