Gabonese coup junta announces reopening of land, sea and air borders

Gabonese coup junta announces reopening of land, sea and air borders

The Gabon military, which seized power last Wednesday after overthrowing President Ali Bongo, announced that as of today the land, sea and air borders that had been closed after the coup will reopen, local press reported.

“The Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions (CTRI) adopted the decision with immediate effect to open the land, sea and air borders as of September 2,” the agency said in a statement broadcast by the television channel Gabon 24 and replicated by the Sputnik news agency.

The military added that given the 6-6 local time curfew, those arriving in Gabon or wishing to leave the country can travel with a travel document.

The CTRI -official name of the military junta- was created on August 30 by members of the Army, after deposing Bongo and shortly after the electoral authorities announced his re-election for a third term, after 14 years in power.

That same Wednesday, the coup leaders announced the annulment of “the truncated results” of the general elections on August 26.

According to the official scrutiny, Bongo, son of Omar Bongo, Gabonese president from 1967 to 2009, achieved a third term with more than 64% of the vote, while Ondo Ossa would have received 30.77%.

Once in power, the Gabonese coup leaders dissolved state institutions, imposed a curfew and closed the country’s borders, with promises to honor international commitments.

General Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema, until recently commander-in-chief of the Republican Guard, was appointed president of the CTRI and will be sworn in before the Constitutional Court on September 4.

Last night, during a televised speech, Nguema promised to “reorganize” the institutions in a “more democratic” way and more respectful of “human rights.”

The dissolution of the institutions decreed on Wednesday during the coup “is temporary and it is about reorganizing them to make them a more democratic instrument,” said the soldier.

In this way, “we will be more in line with international standards in terms of respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms, democracy and the rule of law, but also the fight against corruption, which has already become commonplace in our country” Nguema remarked.

Source: Ambito

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