After the recent military coup in Gabon, Cameroon, and Rwanda started to take importance against possible coup attempts. Cameroonian President Paul Biya and Rwandan President Paul Kagame dismissed several senior officials in the Defence Ministry, according to local sources.
The military coups first in Niger and then in Gabon caused the rulers of neighbouring African countries to worry whether we are next. The military coup in Gabon, a Central African country, that overthrew the 14-year rule of Ali Bongo, caused neighboring countries to take precautionary decisions.
90-year-old Cameroonian President Paul Biya, who has ruled Cameroon, which has a long land border with Gabon, for 41 years, made new appointments to the Defence Ministry and army cadres.
Like his counterpart in Cameroon, President Paul Kagame, who has ruled Rwanda for a long time, has decided to retire many members of the army. Kagame had announced that he would run in the elections in 2024 to serve another term in the country where he has been President for 20 years.
It was claimed that the two leaders, who have been in power for many years, tried to take measures to prevent a similar situation in their own countries after the coup in Gabon.
In the Central African country of Gabon, a group of soldiers who entered the national television building early yesterday morning announced that they had taken over the administration.
The military administration named "Committee for the Transition and Restoration of Institutions (CTRI)" announced that the elections held on August 26 were canceled and the country's borders were closed until further notice.
It was reported that General Brice Oligui Nguema, Commander of the Republican Guard, was appointed as the leader of the CTRI.
With this, it was noted that Gabonese President Ali Bongo was also placed under house arrest.