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Drawing News: in Gabon, a Coup D’état Overthrows President Ali Bongo

Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba was overthrown in a military coup on Wednesday. This putsch comes after a series of coups in Central and West Africa, a domino effect depicted in drawings.

Barely a month after Niger , it was Gabon ‘s turn to experience a coup d’état. On Wednesday August 30, shortly after the announcement of the results of the presidential election – which saw outgoing President Ali Bongo Ondimba win – soldiers carried out a coup d’état , overthrowing the Gabonese head of state.

In power for almost 14 years, Ali Bongo Ondimba was placed under house arrest . The country’s new strongman, General Brice Oligui Nguema, is due to be sworn in on Monday September 4 as president of a “transitional” power.

The coup d’état in Gabon interrupts the “reign”  of the Bongo family , who has ruled the country since 1967 – 55 years.

This situation inspired the Franco-Burkinabe press cartoonist Damien Glez . Also a columnist, lyricist, teacher, screenwriter of television series, he is also author of the comic strip  Divine comedy .

For 25 years, Damien Glez was also deputy publishing director of the satirical weekly Journal du Jeudi. His drawings are regularly published in Rolling Stone, Jeune Afrique, Habari RDC, Benbere, Afrique Magazine, The Africa report, World policy Journal…

Cartooning for Peace  is an international network of cartoonists committed to promoting, through the universality of press cartoons, freedom of expression, human rights and mutual respect between populations of different cultures or beliefs.

Source : France 24