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Coup: Military Takes Over Leadership in Gabon

Gabon-Military-CoupReport from media house RFI has it that around 4 am local time, soldiers took over the National Radio to read a statement in which they announced wanting to set up in the coming hours a “national council of the restoration”.

It was a Lieutenant of the Republican Guard, Lieutenant Ondo Obiang Kelly, who read the statement. He proclaims himself previously “president of the Patriotic Movement of the young people of the defense and security forces of Gabon.

The president, Ali Bongo, has been in Morocco recuperating since he suffered a stroke, late October.

In the text, the military say they were disappointed by the message to the Nation of 31 December of the President of the Republic Ali Bongo . ” The message of the head of the Nation to close the debate on his health has rather reinforced doubts about his ability to shoulder the heavy burden of his office as President of the Republic.”

In the text, the military say they were disappointed by the message to the Nation of 31 December of the President of the Republic Ali Bongo . ” The message of the head of the Nation to close the debate on his health has rather reinforced doubts about his ability to shoulder the heavy burden of his office as President of the Republic.”

The entourage of the president organized a staging with a president ” sick and deprived of many of his physical and mental faculties ,” denounces the statement that also calls into question the high military hierarchy. The ” distressing spectacle ” of a country ” that has lost its dignity “.

Following the announcement that there will be a “National Council of the restoration”, the military invited certain personalities to go to the National Assembly: a former commander of the Republican Guard, General Ntumpa Lebani (who had been imprisoned in 2009 when Ali Bongo came to power) , the current president of the Senate .

Among the invited guests there are also trade unionists, members of civil society, leaders of youth movements of opposition political parties, and even clergy. Several officials are expressly mentioned. The insurgents still call on the military to take control of the means of transport, ammunition reserves, airports.

I’m the statement, the military also address more specifically the Gabonese youth. “Dear young people, it’s time to take control of your destiny!”

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