Noureddin Bongo Valentin, the eldest son of ousted Gabonese president Ali Bongo, has been charged with corruption, embezzlement of public funds and money laundering. Several cabinet members were also indicted. Also in this edition: famine aid for Somalia is to be temporarily suspended after a UN probe found widespread theft and misuse of funds.
As a former colony of France in Africa, Gabon does not only have state structures based on the French model but the two economies are closely interwoven too.
General Brice Oligui Nguema was sworn in as Gabon's interim president on Monday in a ceremony designed to portray the military as liberators of an oppressed society.
The regional bloc CCAS, and the country's opposition coalition, have urged international partners to push for a rapid return to civilian rule. Also in this edition: In Democratic Republic of Congo, at least 48 protesters are reported to have been killed in the eastern city of Goma. And finally: In South Africa, the death toll rises to 76 after the devastating Johannesburg fire at an abandoned apartment block that housed dozens of homeless people and squatters.
We bring you reactions from the pan-African and French press after the coup in Gabon and appointment of a general as transitional president. What future awaits the region? Also: one of India's richest families, the Adani Group, is accused of stock market corruption in a damning report. Finally: Japan's prime minister eats fish from Fukushima's radioactive waters to prove that it's... not radioactive!
Since 1967, Gabon has been dominated by one family. The Bongos combined their authoritarian power with excessive wealth and tenacious family grievances.
Ali Bongo Ondimba was set to extend his presidential tenure into a third term when mutinous soldiers seized power in a coup. Analysts weren't surprised, as sentiments to end the Bongo dynasty had been growing for years.
After Gabon's long-ruling President Ali Bongo Ondimba was re-elected for a third term in a controversial election, members of the local military say they have taken over.
In a trendy video obtained by GTV on Twitter, deposed President, Ali Bongo of Gabon has appealed to his international allies to show their support as military officers in the oil-rich central African nation carried out a coup. He expressed his plea for solidarity.
Gabon's government has said it is imposing a curfew and disabling the internet as its general election draws to a close, saying this was necessary because of "calls for violence ... and false information."
Gabonese authorities on Sunday continued search operations for 31 people still missing after a ferry sank last week in the coastal area, killing six people.