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Cameroon government condemns coup in Gabon

The Cameroon government through the Minister of Communication Rene Emmanuel Sadi, has called for a return to constitutional rule in Gabon following the coup which took place on August 30.

“The government of the republic of Cameroon has taken note of and is worried about the events that occurred in Gabon. It condemns the ongoing anti-constitutional change of government” Rene Sadi said in a communique.

The new leader in Gabon, General Brice Oligui Nguema, who served as chief of the country’s elite Republican Guard, launched the military take over after the presidential election results were declared on Wednesday.

Deposed Ali Bongo was announced as winner amidst widespread claims of electoral fraud.

Organizations including the African Union and the Economic Community of Central African States (CEMAC), have condemned the coup.

Before being ousted, Bongo had ruled for 14 years, and was seeking a third term. He took over from his father Omar Bongo, who held the post for 41 years.

The coup leaders accused Ali Bongo Ondimba, 64, of irresponsible governance that risked leading the country into chaos. They also said the elections did not meet the required conditions for transparency and credibility.

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