Coup in Gabon, army seizes radio station

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Ali Bongo

There are reports of military coup in Gabon, as the military seized the state-owned radio station in the capital Libreville and a soldier read a speech, condemning President Ali Bongo’s new year speech.

The soldier identified as Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang announced the creation of a “National Restoration Council”, RFI radio in Africa reported.

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RFI radio reported that the military had arrived at the office of the broadcaster at about 4 am local time.

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Obiang said he was reading a communique on behalf of the army.

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The statement says that a New Year’s address by President Ali Bongo “reinforced doubts about the president’s ability to continue to carry out of the responsibilities of his office”.

Stroke-hit Bongo is at present not in the country.

Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba was hospitalised in Riyadh on 24 October.

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According to RFI, the 59-year-old president suffered a stroke.

He is currently undergoing a recovery treatment in Morocco, the radio station noted.He is said to be recuperating in Morocco.

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