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Gabon Coup Leaders Hail Head Of Presidential Guard After Putsch

The footage, which showed soldiers shouting "Oligui president," was played on a loop following a statement that announced Bongo was under house arrest.


This video grab taken from Gabon 24 shows Gabonese soldiers appearing on television on August 30, 2023 announcing they were “putting an end to the current regime” and the cancellation of an election that, according to official results, President Ali Bongo Ondimba won. (Photo by – / Gabon 24 / AFP)

 

The head of Gabon’s presidential guard Brice Oligui Nguema was carried aloft by hundreds of soldiers on Wednesday, hours after rebel officers said they had deposed President Ali Bongo Ondimba, according to images broadcast on state TV.

The footage, which showed soldiers shouting “Oligui president,” was played on a loop following a statement that announced Bongo was under house arrest.

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