In a significant decision at the summit held in Djibolho, Equatorial Guinea, the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEEAC) leaders have opted to prolong the suspension of activities involving Gabon until further notice. Despite the efforts of General Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema, the head of the Gabonese transitional government, to garner support for the lifting of sanctions, the outcome remains a setback for the transitional leaders.
General Oligui Nguema tirelessly engaged with member countries of the regional organization, except for Luanda, seeking to overturn the sanctions imposed on Gabon following the coup on August 30.
During the Djibolho summit, the Gabonese president highlighted the circumstances of the coup, which he referred to as the “liberation coup,” and outlined the two-year transition plan. However, these efforts failed to persuade the five other heads of state present at the summit, leading to the decision to uphold Gabon’s suspension from the organization’s activities until a return to constitutional order.
On a positive note, the leaders decided to halt the relocation of the CEEAC headquarters from Libreville to Malabo, citing the prevailing peace in Gabon and the inclusive nature of the transitional government. President Fausti-Archange Touadéra of the Central African Republic will continue as the facilitator of the Gabonese situation, with the CEEAC allocating a budget to support his mission.
As Gabon navigates its transitional period, the CEEAC’s decisions underscore the delicate balance between regional stability and adherence to constitutional norms. The ongoing diplomatic efforts and the facilitation role played by President Touadéra will likely remain pivotal in shaping the future trajectory of Gabon’s political landscape.