The Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, has been engaging with stakeholders in Gabon to understand their assessment of the current political situation in the country.
The Secretary-General, on a three-day fact-finding mission, met with General Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema, the transitional president, who provided his overview of the political situation since the take-over on 30 August 2023. She also met with His Excellency Ali Bongo at his residence in Libreville on 7 September 2023.
She also engaged with members of civil society, political parties, Commonwealth High Commissioners and diplomats in the country. Her interactions will inform a report being prepared for Commonwealth member states.
The Secretary-General said “It is important to listen to everyone to get a balanced assessment of the situation before I prepare my report which will be shared with Commonwealth member countries”.
The Secretary-General also released a statement on 30 August 2023 addressing the political situation in Gabon (Statement).
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The Commonwealth spans the globe and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. Thirty-three of our members are small states, many of which are island nations.
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Member countries are supported by a network of more than 80 intergovernmental, civil society, cultural and professional organisations.
The Commonwealth admitted Gabon and Togo as its 55th and 56th members respectively at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Kigali, Rwanda in June 2022. Prior to this, Rwanda was the last country to join in 2009.