A coup has taken place in Gabon, as soldiers in the west African country of Gabon who claimed that they are out “to restore democracy”, took control of the national radio station in the early hours of Monday 7th January.
The Military claimed that they have seized power in oil-rich Gabon, where the ailing leader’s family has been ruling for 50 years. The military read a short statement announcing a “National Restoration Council”.
It was reported that shots were being fired in Gabon’s capital Libreville, and around state television offices in the centre of the state capital at about 6:30am (05:30 GMT). It was also gathered that the military vehicles have blocked access to the site.
In a statement on Monday, the military officers condemned President Ali Bongo who addressed his people last Monday from Morocco for the first time since he suffered a stroke in October. The military have described the message as “a pitiful sight” and a “relentless attempt to cling onto power.”