(Ecofin Agency) - The U.S. announced it is suspending part of its assistance to Gabon, in response to the coup that took place in the country on August 30. An official statement signed by Secretary of State Antony Blinken indicates that the decision will last for the time it takes to “evaluate the unconstitutional intervention by members of the country’s military.”
“We are (however) continuing U.S. government operational activities in Gabon, including diplomatic and consular operations supporting U.S. citizens,” Blinken said.
This decision comes after the Commonwealth announced a few days ago that it was excluding Gabon from the group until constitutional order was restored. Many other institutions, including the African Union and the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) have also taken actions to condemn the coup.
Nevertheless, tensions are easing and negotiations are ongoing between the transitional government members and the ECCAS as well as international partners to find a common ground. The Gabon junta has also announced the reopening of borders, and the lifting of Ali Bongo's house arrest. These measures have helped to restore a calm climate and augur a return to constitutional order.