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Military Coup d’Etat in Gabon

This video grab shows soldiers holding General Brice Clothaire Oligui Nguema aloft in Libreville, Gabon, Wednesday Aug. 30, 2023. Mutinous soldiers speaking on state television announced that they had seized power in and were overturning the results of a presidential election that was to extend the Bongo family's 55-year hold on power. (Gabon24 via AP)

In a press statement released today, the United States has announced that it has concluded that a military coup d’état has taken place in Gabon. As a result, the U.S. government will be suspending most of its assistance to the Government of Gabon, in accordance with section 7008 of the Department of State’s annual appropriations act.

This decision follows the temporary pause in foreign assistance that the United States initiated on September 26. However, it is important to note that humanitarian, health, and education assistance will continue to be provided to the people of Gabon.

The United States reiterates its commitment to supporting Gabon in its transition to democratic civilian governance and in advancing shared security interests in the Gulf of Guinea. The resumption of assistance will be contingent upon concrete actions taken by the transitional government to establish democratic rule.

Furthermore, the United States expresses its solidarity with the Gabonese people in their aspirations for democracy, prosperity, and stability. The U.S. government will continue to work closely with the Gabonese people and regional partners to ensure a timely and durable transition to democratic governance.

This development highlights the importance of upholding democratic values and principles around the world. The United States remains steadfast in its support for the Gabonese people and their pursuit of a democratic future.

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