Gabon Coup: Strategic Implications


    On August 30, senior military officers of the Republican Guard seized power and placed Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba under house arrest (source). As a result of the coup, senior military officers appointed General Brice Oligui Nguema as chairman of a transitional government (source).

    Whilst there have been numerous failed coup attempts in Gabon, including in 2019, this has been the first successful one. (source) (source) Moreover, the incident represents a broader trend of recent successful military-led coups within Francophone countries in Africa (source). They include the following:

    • Burkina Faso on January 23 to 24 2022 (source)
    • Burkina Faso on September 30 2022 (source)
    • Mali on 18 August 2020 (source)
    • Mali on 24 May 2021. (source)
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    Alec Bertina
    Alec Bertina
    Alec is a researcher on Russian non-traditional security actors, with a focus on Russian PMCs. He has also done analysis on the Russian invasion of Ukraine since 2022. Alec has a BA Politics & International Relations and an MA in International Security from the University of East Anglia.

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