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Gabon conceals details of coup d’état

Gabon concealed the details of  an attempted military coup d’état, killing two suspected plotters and capturing seven others just hours after they took over state radio in a bid to end 50 years of rule by President Ali Bongo’s family.

Government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou announced the deaths and arrests after the military briefly seized the radio station to broadcast an address to the nation, saying Bongo was no longer able to lead after suffering a stroke in Saudi Arabia in October during a conference.

The failure an attempted military coup, caused by lack of widespread support suggest further efforts to overthrow Bongo are unlikely, experts said. However the attempt shows a growing frustration with a government weakened by the President’s secretive protracted absence, and lack of information on his rehabilitation prospects.

On December 31, in one of his first television appearances since the stroke, Bongo (59) slurred his speech and has paralysis of his right arm. It is unclear if he has recovered his capacity to walk. He has been in treatment in one of Morocco clinics since November 2018.

In a radio message at 4:30 a.m. (0330 GMT) Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang, who described himself as an officer in the Republican Guard, said Bongo’s New Year’s Eve address “reinforced doubts about the president’s ability to continue to carry out of the responsibilities of his office”.

Outside the radio station, loyalist soldiers fired teargas to disperse hundreds of people who had come out into the streets to support the coup attempt. Strong military and police presence on the streets, including helicopters, who paroled the area swiftly managed to restore order.

After the episode of unrest, Libreville was quiet, and a government spokesman said the situation was under control after the arrests. Residents complained Internet access was cut, shortly after the coup.

The government is in place. The institutions are in place,Mapangou told France 24 TV Channel.

The Bongo family has ruled rich oil-producing country since 1967, and Ali (Alain) Bongo has been president since succeeding his father, Omar (Albert-Bernard), who died in 2009. Ali Bongo re-election in 2016 was marred by claims of fraud and violent protest.

Since its independence from France in 1960, the sovereign state of Gabon has had only three presidents in almost 60 years.

 

 

 

Gabon coup d’état failed

The situation in Gabon is “under control” following an attempted military coup, a spokesman for the government said.

All five of military who attempted to seize power have been arrested by the authorities.

The junior officers claimed they took part in the coup “to restore democracy” in oil-rich Gabon, where the President’s family has ruled for half-a-century.

The situation is calm. The gendarmes who are often stationed there have taken control of the entire area around the radio and TV headquarters, so everything is back to normal”, said Guy-Bertrand Mapangou. a government official.

Many experts noticed that the coup took place immediately after the US President Trump sent troops to Libreville to assist American citizens in case of deterioration of the situation in neighboring Congo.

AMENDED: Security forces have been deployed in the capital and will remain there over the coming days in order to maintain order, he said.

The elite Republican Guard was deployed around the presidential building and armored vehicles blocked access to the area.

Reportedly Gabon President Ali Bongo suffered a stroke, and is in treatment in one of Morocco clinics since November last year. There have been no official information notices about the state of his health ever since. The insecurity caused by the secrecy surrounding the whereabouts and condition of the President contributed to the destabilization of the situation.

AMENDMENT:  ‘The EU is closely following the developments regarding the attempted coup d’etat in Gabon. In these critical moments, it is fundamental that all actors refrain from violence and respect the principles of the rule of law and democracy that should allow for the organisation of an open and inclusive national dialogue’ European External Actions Service (EEAS) spokesperson said.

 

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