Gabon Soldiers Seize Radio Station in Coup Attempt

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The military seized the state-owned radio station in Libreville, capital of Gabon on Monday morning.

Shortly after taking over the station, a soldier identified as Kelly Obiang announced the creation of a “National Restoration Council”.

Obiang read a speech, condemning President Ali Bongo’s new year speech.

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

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

The statement said a New Year’s address by 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. He is said to be recuperating in Morocco.

There were reports of shots being fired in Gabon’s capital Libreville.

Gunfire was heard around state television offices in the centre of the capital at about 6:30am (05:30 GMT), and military vehicles blocked access to the site, an AFP news agency correspondent reported.

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Bongo, 59, is said to have suffered a stroke on October 24 while visiting Saudi Arabia and has since been treated in Morocco. His family has ruled the oil-rich central African nation for nearly half a century.

The president posted a video message recorded in Rabat and distributed via social and traditional media last Monday in which he admitted he had “been through a difficult period”. 

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