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    Gabon’s Military Leader is Sworn in as Head of State After Ousting the President Last Week

    Gabon's Military Leader is Sworn in as Head of State After Ousting the President Last Week

    LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon's leader was sworn in as the head of state Monday less than a week after ousting the president whose family had ruled the Central African nation for more than five decades.

    Gen. Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema, took the oath in the presidential palace in front of a packed, boisterous room of government officials, military and local leaders in Gabon's capital, Libreville. Oligui is a cousin of the ousted President Ali Bongo Ondimba, served as a bodyguard to his late father and is head of the republican guard, an elite military unit.

    Speaking to applause and standing ovations Monday, Oligui said the military had seized without bloodshed and promised to return power to the people by organizing free, transparent and credible elections.

    “With the new government, made up of experienced people, we're going to give everyone a chance to hope,” he said.

    The mutinous soldiers who toppled Bongo last week said he risked leading the country into chaos and they then “unanimously” designated Oligui president of the transitional committee. Bongo, who had been president for 14 years, was ousted hours after being declared the winner of a vote that was widely seen as rife with irregularities and lacking transparency.

    The speedy swearing-in of Oligui will create perceptions of legitimacy and consolidate his power to deter potential opponents from challenging his rule, said…

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