There’s an ongoing navy coup in Gabon, as troopers within the west African nation who claimed they’re out “to restore democracy”, took management of the nationwide radio station within the early hours of Monday.
Juniors officers say they’ve seized energy in oil-rich Gabon, the place the ailing chief’s household has dominated for 50 years.
Army coup underway as Military in Gabon take management of capital Libreville & name the creation of a council to revive democracy including that they query President Bongo’s means to proceed.
He has been in a foreign country since October& is recovering from sickness in Morocco pic.twitter.com/kCuPdIEHs4
— Samira Sawlani (@samirasawlani) January 7, 2019
Tanks and armed autos will be seen on the streets of the capital Libreville.
In its assertion on Monday, the navy officers condemned President Ali Bongo who addressed his compatriots final Monday from Morocco for the primary time since struggling a stroke in October. They described the message as “a pitiful sight” and a “relentless attempt to cling onto power.”
Ali Bongo succeeded his father Omar Bongo as president in 2009. He narrowly received re-election in 2016 in a ballot marred by violence and accusations of fraud.
Mr Bongo, who has been in a foreign country for 2 months, reportedly suffered a stroke in October and acquired therapy in Morocco.