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Gabon’s Military Rulers Announce Transitional Leader Following Coup

HeadlineAug 31, 2023

In the Central African nation of Gabon, the military junta has announced General Brice Oligui Nguema will serve as transitional leader following Wednesday’s coup that ousted Gabon’s President Ali Bongo, whose family had ruled the oil-rich former French colony for over 50 years. Many residents of Gabon celebrated Bongo’s ouster, but the African Union and the United Nations have condemned the coup, which came just days after a contested election. The ousted president remains under house arrest and appeared in a video Wednesday pleading for help. We will have more on Gabon after headlines.

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