No, this photo does not depict President Ruto issuing a statement requesting the reinstatement of President Ali Bongo of Gabon. - iVerify Kenya

No, this photo does not depict President Ruto issuing a statement requesting the reinstatement of President Ali Bongo of Gabon.

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The image that was circulated, allegedly depicting President William Ruto, actually captures a moment during his public address in July 2023. During this address, Ruto was denouncing the recent coup in Niger, rather than making a statement about reinstating Gabon President Ali Bongo, as falsely claimed.

After the culmination of the elections in Gabon on August 26, 2023, Ali Bongo was officially pronounced as the President-elect. However, a significant development transpired on August 30, 2023, as the Gabonese military orchestrated a coup to reject the election results. The military stated that their intent was to safeguard peace by bringing an end to the existing regime.

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Verified Aug, 31 2023

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Image of President William Ruto issuing a statement pleading with the Gabonese military to restore deposed Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba.

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The iVerify Network of Fact-Checking Desks has fact-checked this content and established that it is False.

To arrive to this conclusion, the iVerify Network of Fact-Checking Desks has conducted the following process. A reverse image search conducted on the photograph has unveiled that the picture of President William Ruto was extracted from a video originally posted by Statehouse spokesperson Hussein Mohammed on July 28, 2023. The video was shared on his official X page and featured the Head of State delivering a public address, wherein he vehemently denounced the coup that had transpired in Niger. On July 26, 2023, a coup d’├ętat orchestrated by Niger’s presidential guard took place, resulting in the detainment of President Mohamed Bazoum. General Abdourahamane Tchiani declared himself the leader following these events. In response, President Ruto released a statement denouncing the coup as an unconstitutional act.

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