Namibia condemns coup in Gabon

The Government of Namibia has condemned the attempted coup d’état in Gabon toppling the democratically elected government, and the detention of President Ali Bongo Ondimba and his family on 30 August 2023.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, the Executive Director, Penda Naanda stated that Namibia remains resolute in its stance on zero tolerance on acceding to power through unconstitutional means.

“This is in line with the principles of the African Union (AU), the AU Constitutive Act, and the African Charter on Democratic Elections and Governance, which calls for the condemnation and rejection of unconstitutional change of government, and is in agreement with the AU’s commitment to ‘Silencing of the Guns in Africa’,” he said.

Naanda stated that Namibia demanded the immediate release of President Ondimba, the restoration of constitutional order, and the return of government to civilian rule.

Namibia also called upon the international community to extend all possible support to the people of Gabon in their quest to find a democratic solution to the current situation and restore sustained peace and stability in Gabon.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency