By Landing Ceesay
António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, has strongly condemned the military coup that took place in Gabon on Tuesday.
” The Secretary-General is following the evolving situation in Gabon very closely. He notes with deep concern the announcement of the election results amidst reports of serious infringements of fundamental freedoms. He firmly condemns the ongoing coup attempt as a means to resolve the post-electoral crisis. The Secretary-General reaffirms his strong opposition to military coups.
“The Secretary-General calls on all actors involved to exercise restraint, engage in an inclusive and meaningful dialogue, and ensure that the rule of law and human rights are fully respected. He also calls on the national army and security forces to guarantee the physical integrity of the President of the Republic and his family,” said Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General.
Stephane Dujarric further stated that the United Nations stands by the people of Gabon.
On Tuesday, a report emerged that the Gabonese Military Officers had taken over power from Ali Bonga days after the country’s Presidential Elections.