BREAKING!!! Failed Coup As Loyal Troops Regain Control Of Gabon From Rebel Soldiers - MissiveBlog


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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

BREAKING!!! Failed Coup As Loyal Troops Regain Control Of Gabon From Rebel Soldiers

The Gabonese Government have just declared in a new message that it was still in control after a coup was carried out by army rebels in the early hours of Monday morning in an attempt to overthrow the Government of Ali Bongo.
The Government has said it has successfully arrested most of the officers that were involved in the attempted coup.

“Calm has returned, the situation is under control,” government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou told AFP.
Only hours earlier, soldiers burst into state radio and called on the people to “rise up,” an apparent bid to oust ailing President Ali Bongo, who is out of the country. Of the five who did this, according to Mapangou, “four have been arrested and one is on the run.”

The BBC reports that soldiers in the African country said they launched a coup to restore democracy.
They took control of the national radio station in the early hours of Monday to read a short statement announcing a “National Restoration Council”.
The BBC also reported that tanks and armed vehicles were on the streets of the capital Libreville.
President Bongo took over power in 2009.

He reportedly suffered a stroke in October and received treatment in Morocco.
Mr Bongo sought to put an end to the rumours about his health with a New Year message in which he said he was feeling fine.
Soldiers said they had been disappointed by the message, calling it “a pitiful sight” and a “relentless attempt to cling onto power.”
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