Gabon's army says it has seized power of the country to 'restore democracy'
Gabon's army says it has seized the state radio station and announced it has leadership over the country, declaring their dissatisfaction with President Ali
The military say they have seized power to "restore democracy" and are disappointed by Bongo's message on December 31 from Morocco where he is recovering from a
stroke. He has been battling ill health since October.
In a video circulating on social media, appearing to show events in the Central African nation, several officers stand in a radio studio dressed in military
A man, who describes himself as commander of the Republican Guard and president of the Patriotic Movement of the young security forces of Gabon, says in a statement
that there has been a decline in the President's health and in his presidential capacities. He says, as two men dressed as officers stand behind him with guns, that the Patriotic Movement will
preserve the integrity of the nation.
Bongo was sworn in as president of Gabon for his second seven-year term in 2016, after a disputed election that was followed by protests that turned deadly.
After a court validated the election results, Bongo's challenger at the time called the decision "biased" for "pointedly ignoring the urgent calls for
transparency launched by the national and international community."
The French Embassy in Gabon's capital Libreville said on Monday that it was closed and urged citizens to avoid moving around the Central African nation.