Attempted Coup in Gabon, as Military seize State Broadcaster

Reports from Gabon say military officers seized state broadcaster this morning, to announce plans to 'save a democracy in danger', in what appeared to be a coup against bed ridden President Ali Bongo.

Gabonese military sources say young army officers are disappointed with the President's end of year speech delivered on December 31st from Morocco.

"While he attempted to quickly end the debate on his health, the speech only reinforced doubts about his capacity to handle the heavy responsibilities that come with the position of President of the Republic". Lieutenant Ondo Obiang Kelly, read in a statement on the Gabonese State TV this morning, while identifying himself as a member of Republican Guard.

Lt. Kelly equally said that was the reason why Patriotic Movement of Young Defense and Security Forces decided "to confiscate power", in an apparent referral to senior Gabonese officials, who are running state institutions in the absence of the ailing President.


Early this morning, helicopters were circling overheard in the Gabonese capital Libreville, as gunfire rang across, prompting most residents to stay indoors. The internet and mobile phone lines were equally cut off few hours after the coup announcement


"I am locked up in my house like many others, but information I have is that fighting is going around the offices of the state broadcaster". Raymond Ndong Sima, former Prime Minister told a reporter on phone.

Meanwhile the Gabonese Communication Minster Guy-Bertrand Mapangou said over RFI, that the soldiers have been arrested and calm will be restored within hours.

President Ali Bongo has been suffering from stroke for more than two months, and is presently receiving treatment in Morocco, where he suffered internet death hoax through out the month of December .


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