General Oligui promises “more democratic” institutions

General Brice Oligui Nguema, who led the military putsch in Gabon, promised on Friday to “reorganize” the institutions in a “more democratic” and more respectful way “for human rights”, in a speech to the diplomatic corps broadcast to the television.

“The dissolution of the institutions” decreed on Wednesday during the coup d’etat, “is temporary” and “it is a question of reorganizing them in order to make them more democratic tools and more in line with international standards in terms of respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms, democracy and the rule of law but also the fight against corruption which has become commonplace in our country,” he said.

But he has not set a duration for the “transition” for which he will be sworn in as president on Monday in Libreville.

In another speech before the representatives of civil society, he also promised a new “Constitution which goes in the direction of the aspirations of the Gabonese people who have remained too long in suffering” and “a new electoral code”, adding however: ” given the context, let’s not confuse speed with haste, which goes slowly, goes surely”.

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