In Gabon, interim prime minister indicates transition to civilian rule will begin next year with dialogue leading to a new constitution
29 September 2023
Gabon Interin Prime Minister Raymond Ndong Sima (photo credit: AFP via France 24)
Gabon’s interim prime minister says the time frame for a transition to civilian rule will only be decided during a national dialogue to take place between April and June next year. Speaking at a press conference, Raymond Ndong Sima revealed that the dialogue will also pave the way for the creation of a new constitution. An appeal for proposals from “all categories” of the Gabonese population will be made next week, as a prelude to the national dialogue. [...] When the military ousted President Ali Bongo on 30 August, they promised to hand over power to civilians through elections by the end of the transitional period. With no clear picture of how long it might take, the junta led by transitional President Brice Oligui Nguema will continue to rule the oil-rich Central African country until a timetable is established.
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