Military Coup in Gabon The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that 708 Indonesian citizens living in Gabon were safe after the military coup on Wednesday, 30 August 2023. The Indonesian Embassy in Abuja and the Indonesian Honorary Consul in Gabon continued to monitor the situation in Gabon after the military coup. The situation in Libreville until this news was released, was still safe and orderly. The majority are migrant workers who work in the timber industry who live far from Libreville. They are safe and calm,” said a statement from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thursday, 31 August 2023.
The Indonesian Embassy in Abuja has also conveyed an appeal to Indonesian citizens to continue to be vigilant and follow developments in the situation. If Indonesian citizens experience problems, they can immediately contact the Indonesian Embassy in Abuja hotline.
Earlier on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, military officers in Gabon claimed to have seized power in Gabon and placed Gabon’s President Ali Bongo under house arrest. Gabon’s military has also appointed a new leader. Gabon is a country in the central African region, which is also an oil producing country.
The military coup in Gabon comes after Gabon’s electoral body announced President Bongo had won his third term in office. The officers who staged the military coup stated on television that the election results were annulled, borders closed and state institutions dissolved. The Gabonese military believes that the election results won by Bongo only prolong the reign of the Bongo dynasty
which has lasted more than half a century.
Within hours, the generals met to discuss who would lead the transition and agreed unanimously to appoint General Brice Oligui Nguema, the former head of the presidential guard, according to another televised address.
Meanwhile, from custody at his residence, Bongo appealed via video statement to foreign allies, asking them to speak on behalf of him and his family. He admitted he didn’t know what happened. Bongo’s plight was a dramatic contrast to that of early Wednesday when the election commission declared him the winner of Saturday’s disputed election. Meanwhile the United Nations, the African Union and France, the former colonial ruler of Gabon which has troops stationed there, condemned the coup. Military officers have also seized power in Mali, Guinea, Burkina Faso and Chad, erasing democratic progress since the 1990s and raising fears among foreign powers with strategic interests in the region. His opponents say the family has done little to share the country’s oil and mining wealth with its 2.3 million people.