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Leader of Gabon coup advocates for removal of country’s sanctions

Gabon’s coup leader has met with Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso in an attempt to ease the country’s sanctions.

Gen Brice Oligui Nguema stated on Sunday that his journey to Congo-Brazzaville was to build connections with its neighbor and to remove Gabon’s isolation in the region and globally.

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It comes just weeks after Gabon’s membership in the African Union and the central African regional body Eccas was suspended following the coup on August 30.

Following the coup, Eccas relocated its headquarters from Gabon to Equatorial Guinea.

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“I have come to consult with the president, who for us is a key in the region, who can relay to global authorities what we have done,” Gen Nguema said after talks with Mr Nguesso.

“It is also to ease the sanctions. We hope to once again take our place among the nations,” he said.

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This is Gabon’s second official visit since former President Ali Bongo was deposed in August. In September, he traveled to Equatorial Guinea for the first time.

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