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Brice Nguema, Gabon coup leader and Bongo’s cousin, sworn in as interim president



Brice Oligui Nguema, leader of Gabon’s military junta, has been sworn in as the country’s interim president.

Nguema, who was the head of the country’s presidential guard, led a group of soldiers to seize power from President Ali Bongo last Wednesday after a controversial election.

The military officers had cited institutional, political, economic, and social crises as reasons for the coup.

After announcing that Bongo had been ousted, the soldiers, who identified themselves as members of the Committee of Transition and Restoration of Institutions (CTRI), said they were dissolving “all the institutions of the republic” and closing the country’s borders.

However, on Saturday, the coup leaders reopened the borders, saying they were “concerned with preserving respect for the rule of law, good relations with our neighbours and all states of the world” — and wanted to keep “international commitments”.


While Nguema seems to enjoy some popular support, evident from the crowds of cheering civilians turning up at his inauguration, there have been concerns that the general’s rule will be a continuation of the Bongo family’s 53-year hold on power.

Bongo became president when Omar, his father, died after ruling from 1967 to 2009.

The coup was believed to have punctuated the family’s dynasty but Nguema has been reported to be Bongo’s cousin.

Albert Ossa, leader of the country’s opposition, had described the coup as a “family affair” and a “palace revolution” aimed at keeping them in power.

“Oligui Nguema is Ali Bongo’s cousin. The campaign was 60 years of Bongo is too much. The Bongos have decided to put Ali Bongo aside and continue their system by putting in place a Bongo CEO system,” he said.

“And they have put forward Oligui Nguema. In this way the Bongo system continues.”

Nguema has also been accused of corruption.

According to a 2020 investigation by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) on the Bongo family’s assets in the United States, Nguema invested in real estate.

He was said to have bought three properties in middle and working class neighbourhoods in the Maryland suburbs of Hyattsville and Silver Spring, just outside the capital, in 2015 and 2018.

The homes were purchased with a total of over $1 million in cash.

The general was said to have been a strong ally of Omar before his death but was later dismissed from the inner circle of the Bongo family, after Ali assumed power.

While the opposition had thanked the army for standing up against what it described as “an electoral coup”, it is now urging the junta to complete the counting of ballots and install Ossa as the “rightful winner”.

There has been no mention of a return to civilian rule by the junta.


Extreme rainfall forces declaration of state of emergency in New York




Kathy Hochul, the governor of New York, has declared a state of emergency after strong storms triggered flash flooding on Friday.

Hochul announced on X that the state of emergency would cut across New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley.

“I am declaring a State of Emergency across New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley due to the extreme rainfall we’re seeing throughout the region,” Hochul wrote.

“Please take steps to stay safe and remember to never attempt to travel on flooded roads.”

The flash floods have caused roads to be closed and public transit has been delayed or suspended in many areas.

Many of the city’s subway systems, streets and highways have been flooded, while at least one terminal at LaGuardia Airport has been closed.

Hochul described the storm which triggered the flood as dangerous and life-threatening and urged residents not to attempt travelling on flooded roads.

Officials said they have conducted at least six rescues of residents trapped in flooded basements, but there have been no reports of deaths or critical injuries.

The rain and flooding are expected to continue for the rest of the day.

Hochul said state agencies are coordinating closely with local governments and providing resources needed to address the extreme weather event.

She added that flood rescue teams are in impacted areas ready to support local responders.

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JUST IN: 50 killed in suicide attack during Eid-ul-Mawlid celebration in Pakistan




A suicide bomb blast has killed no fewer than 50 people in Pakistan.

The blast happened near a mosque in the southwestern province of Balochistan on Friday.

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Burkina Faso reports another failed coup attempt




Burkina Faso’s military junta announced on Wednesday that a coup attempt had been thwarted the previous day by security and intelligence services, without providing specifics on what had happened according to multiple reports

In a statement, it declared that officers and others had conspired to destabilize the country with “the dark intention of attacking the institutions of the Republic and plunging our country into chaos.” 

The junta did not identify anyone but mentioned that some arrests had been made, and searches were ongoing for others. It emphasized, “Investigations will help unmask the instigators of this plot.” 

The military prosecutor later revealed that four individuals had been detained, and two were currently evading capture. In a statement, it announced that an investigation had been initiated on Wednesday based on “credible allegations about a plot against state security implicating officers.” 

Additionally, the junta took action on Monday by suspending the French news magazine Jeune Afrique for publishing “untruthful” articles that reported tension and discontent within Burkina Faso’s armed forces. 

Junta leader Captain Ibrahim Traoré seized power on September 30, 2022, marking the landlocked country’s second coup in eight months. Both takeovers were partly driven by discontent over failures to contain a rampant jihadist insurgency that had infiltrated from neighbouring Mali in 2015.

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