Gabon was on fire in the early hours of today as information swiftly delivered after Soldiers attempt to unseat the president Ali Bongo but sadly the coup was foiled.
Al-Jazeera reports that the soldiers, under the auspices of the Patriotic Movement of the Defence and Security Forces of Gabon , announced a “restoration council.”
The soldiers condemned the actions of the president who has been away from the country in Morocco since reportedly suffering a stroke in October.
Bongo had said in a video message from Morocco that he had gone “through a difficult period,” but is preparing to meet his countrypeople again soon.
Kelly Ondo Obiang, leader of the “Patriotic Movement,” had said Bongo’s video message “reinforced doubts about the president’s ability to continue to carry out of the responsibilities of his office.” He said:
However an update reveals the government of Gabon has declared that it was in control after an attempted coup by army rebels on Monday and that it had arrested most of those involved.
“Calm has returned, the situation is under control,” government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou told AFP.