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Vol 64 No 18

Published 7th September 2023


General Nguema plans the transition and his political ascendancy

A palace putsch fired by anger over a disputed election ends Ali Ben Bongo's rule but not the old elite's influence

The speed at which General Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema, who is due to be sworn in as transitional president on 4 September, has consolidated power suggests his putsch against President Ali Ben Bongo Ondimba in the early hours of 30 August had been well prepared among a few senior officers and politicians, many nursing personal grievances against the regime.

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