Military officers in Gabon staged an apparent coup attempt early on Monday, seizing the state radio station and declaring their dissatisfaction with President Ali Bongo, who is recovering from a stroke in Morocco.
Bongo, 59, was hospitalised in October in Saudi Arabia after suffering a stroke. In his speech on New Year’s, Bongo acknowledged health problems but said he was recovering. The Bongo family has ruled the oil-producing country for nearly half a century.
Bongo has been president since succeeding his father, Omar, who died in 2009. Bongo won re-election in 2016 by fewer than 6000 votes, sparking deadly clashes between protesters and police during which the parliament was torched.