Gabon military attempt coup to overthrow Bongo’s govt

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.

Source: Upstream

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