The leader of Gabon’s recent military coup, Brice Nguema, pledges a return to civilian rule through transparent elections. However, no specific election date has been announced. The coup, which removed President Ali Bongo, garnered mixed reactions from the public, with some hopeful for change while others see it as a continuation of the Bongo dynasty. The new leader’s ties to the Bongo family raise questions about the extent of change he will bring. The inauguration is marked by military parades and the presence of ousted government officials. This event adds to a trend of military takeovers in the region, prompting concerns over French influence and international condemnation.