Gabon officers ‘oust President Ali Bongo’
Junior officers say they’ve seized energy in oil-rich Gabon, the place the unwell chief’s circle of relatives has dominated for 50 years.
Soldiers within the west African nation say they introduced a coup “to restore democracy”.
They took keep watch over of the nationwide radio station at 04:30 native time (03:30 GMT) to learn a brief remark saying a “National Restoration Council”.
Tanks and armed automobiles will also be observed at the streets of the capital Libreville.
Ali Bongo succeeded his father Omar Bongo as president in 2009. He narrowly received re-election in 2016 in a ballot marred via violence and accusations of fraud.
Mr Bongo, who has been in another country for 2 months, reportedly suffered a stroke in October and won remedy in Morocco.
He sought to place an finish to the rumours about his well being with a televised New Year message by which he stated he was once feeling advantageous.
Soldiers stated they’d been dissatisfied via the message, calling it “a pitiful sight” and a “relentless attempt to cling onto power.”
“It reinforced doubts about his ability to assume the responsibilities of his role as President of the Republic”, stated Lt Kelly Ondo Obiang, the chief of the so-called Patriotic Movement of the Defence and Security Forces of Gabon.
He particularly appealed to younger other folks to “take charge of their destiny”.
The insurgents referred to as on infantrymen to take keep watch over of the shipping machine, ammunition reserves and airports “in the interests of the nation”.
There isn’t any phrase up to now from the federal government.
President Trump has deployed infantrymen to Gabon to give protection to US voters amid fears of violent protests within the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo following its presidential election.