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Meet Brice Nguema, the “coup leader” of Gabon.



The most potent security force in Gabon is the Republican Guard of the Gabonese Presidency, which is led by Brice Oligui Nguema, the man suspected of leading the coup.As President Ali Bongo Ondimba of Gabon secured a third term in office on Wednesday, minutes later, the electoral commission declared a coup and nullified the results.

The attempted revolution is being led by Brice Clothaire Oligui Nguema, who is the cousin of Bongo and the commander-in-chief of the Gabonese Republican Guard, the nation’s most potent security force, according to reports from the local media.The following information pertains to Nguema:a strong individualNguema is among the most significant and mysterious individuals in the nation at the moment.

He received his training at the Royal Military Academy of Meknes in Morocco. His father was a military officer.Nguema then worked for a commander in the Republican Guard of former President Omar Bongo as his “aides-de-camp” until the latter’s passing in 2009.Nguema was dispatched on diplomatic missions to Senegal and Morocco following the ascent to power of Ali Bongo, Omar Bongo’s son, in October 2009.

He became the new chief of the guard ten years later.The guard is in charge of presidential security; its military officers can be identified by their green berets.

In his capacity as its leader, Nguema attempted to strengthen Gabon’s internal security measures by implementing changes that were thought to prolong Bongo’s rule.Nguema also wrote a song with the lyrics, “I would defend my president with honour and loyalty,” according to sources in the local media.

An entrepreneurIn Gabonese circles, Nguema was considered a millionaire and an enterprising person in addition to his military and diplomatic responsibilities.

Nguema made cash investments in real estate, according to a 2020 study into the Bongo family’s holdings in the US conducted by The Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.

Between 2015 and 2018, he purchased three homes in working- and middle-class communities in the Maryland suburbs of Hyattsville and Silver Spring, which are located just outside of the state capital. Over $1 million in cash was used to buy the houses, according to the OCCRP study.

Reporters asked Nguema about these assets, and he replied that it was a matter of privacy.”I believe that a private life is a private life that [should be] respected, whether it is in France or the United States.”A Nguema presidency?Nguema repeated such ideas in an interview published on Wednesday in the French daily Le Monde.

“In addition to this unhappiness, the Head of State is ill [Ali Bongo had a stroke in October 2018 that left him debilitated].” While everyone talks about it, none accepts accountability.

“The Constitution was broken, the electoral process itself was flawed, and he was not entitled to a third term in office. Thus, Nguema stated, “the army chose to turn the page and assume its responsibilities.

“He said that Ali Bongo may retire and carry on exercising his rights just like any other Gabonese citizen, and that on Wednesday at 14:00 GMT, the generals would convene to choose Bongo’s replacement.

And while Gabon’s troops appear to have started celebrating Nguema, Bongo, who won the postponed election with 64.27 percent of the vote, is presently under house arrest.

Social media posts and unverified videos appeared to show a group of troops dancing with Nguema and referring to him as Gabon’s “next strongman.”

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