EU's Borrell Says Gabon Coup Followed Flawed Election
Toledo, Spain, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 31st Aug, 2023 ) :EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell noted Thursday the military coup in Gabon could not be compared to the crisis in Niger, arguing officers intervened after ousted president Ali Bongo won an unfair election.
"Naturally, military coups are not the solution, but we must not forget that in Gabon there had been elections full of irregularities," he said, arguing a rigged vote could amount to a civilian "institutional coup".
In Gabon, the military intervened after veteran leader Ali Bongo claimed victory in the election, naming the head of the Republican Guard, General Brice Oligui Nguema, "transitional president" in his place.
But Borrell, the former Spanish foreign minister and now top EU diplomat, said European diplomats were working to mediate the crisis in Gabon and that there were no plans to evacuate, as they had in Niger.
"In Gabon, hours before the military coup, it was an institutional coup, because the elections were stolen," he alleged.