Gabon coup leader Brice Nguema vows free elections – but no date

The chief of Gabon’s army junta has vowed to return energy to civilians after “free, clear” elections.

Nevertheless, in a speech after being sworn in as interim president, he didn’t give a date for army rule to finish.

Gen Brice Nguema led final Wednesday’s coup towards Ali Bongo, toppling the president shortly after he was named winner of a disputed election.

Crowds of cheering civilians turned up on the inauguration – the coup was welcomed by many looking forward to change.

Nevertheless, some say Gen Nguema’s rule will probably be a continuation of the 55-year Bongo dynasty.

Ali Bongo’s father, Omar, was in energy for 41 years earlier than he died in 2009 and was succeeded by his son.

The overall spent most his profession within the Bongo’s internal circle and is even considered Ali Bongo’s cousin.

At Monday’s inauguration, Gen Nguema gave a defiant speech, referencing the likes of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, French statesman Charles Fe Gaulle and former Ghanaian chief Jerry Rawlings.

“This patriotic motion will probably be a lesson learnt that will probably be taught within the books of our faculties,” stated the brand new president, dressed within the purple ceremonial costume of the Republican Guard.

He added {that a} contemporary authorities can be fashioned “in a number of days” and really useful new electoral laws, a brand new penal code and a referendum on a brand new structure.

Gen Nguema additionally stated he had instructed the brand new authorities “to suppose immediately” about releasing all political prisoners.

The ceremony was broadcast stay on Gabonese TV and throughout on-line platforms

Former ministers from the ousted authorities confirmed up, however had been booed by a crowd of junta sympathisers.

Basic Nguema’s inauguration is the newest in a sequence of army takeovers throughout West and Central Africa.

Gabon is the sixth Francophone nation to fall beneath army rule within the final three years as former colonial energy France struggles to keep up its affect on the continent.

Gabon been suspended from the African Union following the coup, which has been condemned by the UN and France.

Soldiers in attendance at Gen Nguema's inauguration

A army parade was held on the inauguration ceremony