Coup: Gabon Military Leader Frees President Bongo Over Health Concerns

Coup: Gabon Military Leader Frees President Bongo Over Health Concerns

  • The ousted President Ali Bongo of Gabon has been granted his freedom about 10 days after being placed under house arrest by the military
  • His release was announced in a televised broadcast by the spokesperson of the military, Colonel Ulrich Manfoumbi
  • According to the military, Bongo was released because of the state of his health, adding that he can travel out of the country if he wishes

Libreville, Gabon - Ali Bongo, the ousted President of Gabon, has been granted the freedom to leave the country for medical treatment by the military.

Aljazeera reported that the military who removed him from power through a coup last month said the former president had been freed from house arrest.

Ali Bongo/Gabon/Libreville/Military Coup
President Ali Bongo gets freedom barely 10 days under house arrest Photo Credit: Ali Bongo
Source: Twitter

Why the military released President Bongo

Read also

Top US diplomat Blinken visits McDonald's in Kyiv

Since August 30, Bongo has been under house arrest when he was toppled by a coup shortly after being declared the winner of the much-criticised elections.

PAY ATTENTION: Share your outstanding story with our editors! Please reach us through!

Colonel Ulrich Manfoumbi, the spokesperson of the military in Gabon, in a statement on Wednesday, September 6, announced the freedom of the former president in a broadcast.

Manfoumbi said:

“Given his state of health, the former President of the Republic Ali Bongo Ondimba is free to move about. He may, if he wishes, travel abroad for medical checkups.”

How ousted President Bongo was replaced by his cousin

General Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema, the Gabon head of state, who was sworn in on Monday, September 4.

The new military leader, Olugui, is a cousin to the ousted president. He was a bodyguard to the late father of Bongo and was the former republican guard, an elite military unit in the country.

Read also

BREAKING: Tribunal gives verdict on electronic transmission of results

With the announcement, President Bongo can now stay in the country or travel out if he wishes to.

Niger coup: Claim that Mali military leader threatened to attack Abuja is false earlier reported a claim that Mali's military leader threatened to invade the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, should the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) deploy its forces to invade Niamey, Niger's capital.

A Facebook handle called Labour Party Plateau State Chapter made the claim.

The user alleged that the West African country said it was aware of the true winner of the 2023 presidential election and threatened to reinstate the purported winner.

The claim, however, turned out to be false.


Online view pixel