White House 'concerned' by coup in Africa

 August 31, 2023

The White House is expressing "concern" following a military coup in Central Africa.

The president of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, was deposed and placed under house arrest Wednesday, hours after winning an election that the Biden administration said showed signs of "irregularities."

The country's new leaders declared a junta on state television - accusing Bongo of corruption, embezzlement and misgovernment.

Coup in Africa

A former colony of France located on the western coast of Central Africa, Gabon has been ruled by Bongo and his father since 1967.

There were scenes of jubilation in the streets of Libreville, the country's capital, after the news of Bongo's overthrow.

Bongo had pleaded with the people to "make noise" in a video filmed from his home.

In a televised statement, military leaders declared the election null and void and accused Bongo of "irresponsible, unpredictable governance" leading to disunity and chaos. They also blasted Bongo and his family for embezzling funds in the oil-rich country.

The coup leaders declared Gabon's borders closed and all government institutions dissolved.


The Biden administration - which is currently trying to jail its chief political opponent - raised concern about the "unconstitutional transfer of power" unfolding in Africa.

“The United States is deeply concerned by evolving events in Gabon. We remain strongly opposed to military seizures or unconstitutional transfers of power,” the State Department said.

The irony doesn't stop there. The Biden regime also acknowledged "the lack of transparency and reports of irregularities surrounding the election."

The Pentagon's John Kirby said the U.S. would continue to support "democracy" throughout the historically unstable African continent.

"We're going to watch this closely," Kirby added, "and we're going to continue to do everything we can to support the ideals, the democratic ideals that are expressed ... by African people throughout the continent. That's going to be our focus."


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