This follows pressure from the international community to announce a timetable for the return to civilian rule. Gabon’s transitional leaders have made moves aimed at rebuilding trust in the government. Gen Brice Oligui Nguema seized power in August from his cousin, Ali Bongo, vowing to rescue the country from a “severe institutional” crisis. The central African nation had been ruled by the Bongo family for 55 years. Although members of the interim government cannot stand in the upcoming elections, the transitional charter does not bar Gen Oligui Nguema from doing so. It is not yet clear whether he intends to. Announcing the plans on Monday, Gabon’s junta said the proposed timetable was not final and would need approval from the public during town hall-style meetings next April.