The world’s oldest leader, 90-year-old Cameroonian President Paul Biya, who has been in office for 41 years, has made new appointments to the Ministry of Defense and army staff.
On the other hand, Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who has been in the presidency for nearly 20 years and plans to run again in 2024, retired many senior figures in the army.
It was claimed that the two leaders, who have been in power for many years, tried to take measures to prevent a similar situation in their own countries after the coup in Gabon.
Soldiers took control
In the Central African country of Gabon, a group of soldiers, who entered the national television building early yesterday morning, announced that they had taken over the administration.
The military administration named “Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions (CTRI)” announced that the elections held on August 26 were canceled and the borders of the country were closed.
It was reported that the Commander of the Republican Guard, General Brice Oligui Nguema, was brought to the leadership of the CTRI.
Current President Ali Bongo Ondimba had won the presidential elections held on 26 August for the third time.
A curfew was imposed on the grounds of “violence” in the last hours of the voting process in the country, and the internet was restricted while the vote counting process continued after the election.
Father Omar Bongo was first elected president in 1967, and when he died in 2009, his son Ali Bongo took his seat.
The Bongo family ruled Gabon for 56 years.