(This Sept. 7 story has been corrected to fix AFC’s possession structure based on updated guidance from the AFC in paragraph 3)
London – The latest coup in Gabon was achieved peacefully and appeared to be a “legal coup”, with society and business operating as usual, a senior government from the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) said on Thursday.
“We have significant investments in Gabon and so far the coup has been very peaceful, the thinking has been very mature, normal life is going on … the assets are safe and every part is operating, which probably means it is far a legal coup,” Sanjeev Gupta, government director of financial companies and products at the AFC, said at the Reuters IMPACT climate conference in London.
The Lagos-based AFC is a pan-African multilateral pattern institution, with 40 member states. It is miles 43.1%-owned by Nigeria’s central bank and 42% by other African financial institutions, according to its web web online page online.
In West and Central Africa’s eighth coup in three years, army officers led by General Brice Oligui Nguema seized strength on Aug. 30, minutes after an announcement that President Ali Bongo had obtained an election they annulled and said was no longer credible.
Nguema was sworn in as intervening time president and cheered by jubilant supporters on Monday in a televised ceremony designed to cast the military as liberators of an oppressed society.
In contrast to Niger, Gabon has no longer considered an outpouring of anti-French, professional-Russian sentiment, and the generals in charge in Libreville have appeared launch to dialogue with international organisations.
Gupta said the AFC’s staff remained on the floor in Gabon and had reported that financial techniques and other public companies and products have been operating easily.