Blinken said in a statement that the suspension would not affect US government operations in the oil-rich central African nation. The statement did not elaborate on what US-funded programs would be affected or how much money would be placed on hold.
Gabon is the second country to have seen a military takeover following the overthrow of the government in Niger earlier this year. The US also suspended some aid to Niger but has yet to formally determine if what happened was a coup.
“This interim measure is consistent with steps taken by the Economic Community of Central African States, the African Union, and other international partners, and will continue while we review the facts on the ground in Gabon,” Blinken said. “We are continuing US government operational activities in Gabon, including diplomatic and consular operations supporting US citizens.”
Earlier this month, Gabon’s new military leader was sworn in as the head of state less than a week after ousting the president whose family had ruled the nation for more than five decades.
Gen. Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema took the oath in the presidential palace in Libreville. Oligui is a cousin of the ousted President Ali Bongo Obdimba, served as a bodyguard to his late father and is head of the Republican guard, an elite military unit.