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Central African president arrives in Gabon to “facilitate political process” | news

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Gabon’s interim president, General Price Olage Nkuma, on Tuesday welcomed the President of the Central African Republic, Faustin Arcange Tutera, who was appointed by the Economic Community of Central African States (ECAS) as a “facilitator of the political process”. Country.

Accordingly, Tutera is the first head of state to visit Libreville since the overthrow of President Ali Bongo a week ago.

ICAS asked Tutera to “open talks” with “all parties in Gabon and the country’s partners” for a “rapid return to constitutional order”, but the content of the discussions was not known.

The body on Monday suspended Gabon’s membership and ordered the “immediate relocation” of its headquarters from the capital Libreville to Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.

Consultations and Elections

It is noteworthy that General Nkuma, who ousted Ali Bongo from office on August 30 last year, was sworn in as Gabon’s president on Monday, pledging to “return power to the people” for an unspecified “interim period”. A credible election.”

In his address, Angema said the Inter-agency Committee has begun its consultation with all institutions in the country.

Without specifying the duration of that phase, he insisted that the people would be empowered through free elections at the end of the interim phase.

Notably, within an hour of declaring victory in the disputed August 26 election, the military announced the end of Gabon’s 14-year rule of Ali Bongo.

The new authorities placed Bongo under house arrest and accused those close to him – particularly his wife and one of his children – of “massive embezzlement of public funds” and “irresponsible management”.

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