VOICE AIR MEDIA
Gabon’s coup leader, General Brice Oligui Nguema has vowed to restore civilian rule through “free, transparent, and credible elections” after being sworn in as interim president on Monday, September 4.
Oligui said he was seeking the participation of all of Gabon’s “core groups” to draft a new constitution, which “will be adopted by referendum.”
Bongo’s ouster came just moments after he had been proclaimed victor in presidential elections last month, a result branded a fraud by the opposition.
Oligui said he was “surprised” at foreign criticism of the coup.
‘’The military had been prompted by a desire to avoid bloodshed following an electoral process that was obviously loaded,” he said.
“We are greatly surprised to hear certain international organisations condemn the act taken by soldiers who were simply upholding their oath to the flag — to save their country at the risk of their lives,” he said.