US to pause some of Gabon’s aid programs

The United States has decided to temporarily halt specific foreign assistance programs that were benefiting the government of Gabon in response to last month’s coup, as stated by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a press release from the US State Department on Tuesday.

Secretary Blinken explained, “The US government is putting certain foreign assistance programs benefiting the government of Gabon on hold as we assess the unconstitutional intervention by members of the country’s military.”

While the US is suspending assistance that could support the Gabonese government, it will reportedly continue operational activities within the country.

This action aligns with measures taken by the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the African Union, and other international partners.

On August 30, military officers in Gabon took control, nullifying an election shortly after an announcement declaring President Ali Bongo as the winner, which they deemed as lacking credibility.

Ali Bongo had held power since 2009, but his family had held power in the country for over 56 years.

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