UN chief ‘firmly condemns’ Gabon coup, notes stories of election abuses

Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric stated that UN chief António Guterres was following the evolving scenario within the capital Libreville “very intently”.

Whereas condemning army motion as “a method to resolve the put up electoral disaster”, the Secretary-Normal stated he had famous the announcement by the Central African nation’s electoral physique of a win for incumbent president Ali Bongo with “deep concern” given stories of significant irregularities on the polls.

‘Sturdy opposition’ to coups

This announcement of a army takeover within the capital by a gaggle of officers who declared the election outcomes void and the dissolution of State establishments, would mark the eighth coup – if profitable – in West and Central Africa since 2020.

“The Secretary-Normal reaffirms his robust opposition to army coups”, stated the UN Spokesperson.

In keeping with information stories, the coup leaders have positioned President Bongo beneath home arrest, ending in impact greater than half a century of dynastic rule.

The present president’s father, Omar, got here to energy in 1967, and after violent unrest erupted following his disputed election victory in 2016, there was a foiled coup try in 2019.

Information stories stated the coup leaders calling themselves The Committee of Transition and the Restoration of Establishments, had declared the nation to be in a state of institutional, political, financial and social disaster.

Up to now, there was no response from the prevailing Authorities and the president’s whereabouts are unknown.

The nation is presently an elected member of the UN Safety Council.

Dialogue and restraint name

“The Secretary-Normal calls on all actors concerned to train restraint, have interaction in an inclusive and significant dialogue and be sure that the rule of regulation and human rights are totally revered”, stated the assertion issued by his Spokeperson. 

“He additionally calls on the nationwide military and safety forces to ensure the bodily integrity of the President of the Republic and his household.”

Standing with the folks

Mr. Dujarric additionally pressured that the UN “stands by the folks of Gabon.”

Questioned by correspondents on the every day Midday Briefing in New York on the sample of army coups throughout the area, he stated one of the best ways of coping with them “is actually to take a position extra in stopping them prior, in investing in robust establishments, in guaranteeing that elections are protected, that persons are capable of categorical themselves, that human rights are revered.”

The UN has 81 worldwide employees and 163 nationwide employees working within the nation and Mr. Dujarric stated that newest info steered that every one employees and their households have been protected and sound.

“Our broader concern is de facto for the folks of Gabon, and folks of nations which have undergone army coups not too long ago which is a transparent violation of their rights.”

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