- Soldiers in Gabon are said to have staged a coup on Monday morning, January 7, while President Ali Bongo recovers in Morocco
- According to a source close to the government, there were gunshots around the national television station, even though the coup plotters appeared to be a small group of soldiers
- President Ali Bongo, 59, has been receiving treatment in Morocco since November 2018, after suffering a stroke
An apparent coup has reportedly been carried out by military officers in Gabon, as they seized the state radio station and declared their dissatisfaction with President Ali Bongo, who is recovering from a stroke in Morocco.
According to Reuters, the apparent coup took place on Monday morning, January 7.
Briefly.co.za gathers that Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang, the leader of the self-declared Patriotic Movement of the Defence and Security Forces of Gabon said a New Year’s eve address by Bongo “reinforced doubts about the president’s ability to continue to carry out of the responsibilities of his office."
According to a source close to the government, there were gunshots around the national television station, even though the coup plotters appeared to be a small group of soldiers.
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A presidency spokesmen said he would soon make a statement on the matter.
President Ali Bongo, 59, has been receiving treatment in Morocco since November 2018. He was previously hospitalised in Saudi Arabia after suffering a stroke.
Bongo, whose re-election in 2016 was marred by claims of fraud and violent protest, has been president since succeeding his father, Omar, who died in 2009. His family has ruled the oil-producing country for nearly half a century.
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