Gabon arrests military officers involved in coup attempt

Gabon arrests military officers involved in coup attempt

The Military Tanks and officers were deployed in the capital city of Libreville.

He was flanked by two other soldiers holding weapons and they were all dressed in camouflage uniforms and green berets.

AU chief Moussa Faki Mahamat, in a tweet, said his organisation "strongly condemns the coup attempt" in Gabon.

The report came hours after Ondo Obiang Kelly, an army lieutenant, read a statement on state TV saying that young army officers were disappointed with a December 31 speech by Bongo that he broadcast from Morocco, where he has been convalescing for two months after a stroke. The communique on behalf of the army was reportedly read over the air by Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang. Major General S.B Moyo shot to national prominence after announcing the coup in the early hours of the military intervention and gained himself the affectionate nickname "General Bae".

Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba gestures as he speaks to journalists during an interview in Libreville, on August 12, 2016.

This is according to information provided by the office of the Gabonese president. He is now in Morocco for medical treatment.




Last week, President Donald Trump has deployed soldiers to Gabon to protect U.S. citizens amid fears of violent protests in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo following its presidential election.

The US military personnel will remain in the region until the security situation in the DRC no long requires it, the letter said.

President Ali Bongo who is now recovering from a stroke in Morocco took over the country's rulership from his father, Omar Bongo, who ruled Gabon for 42 years before his death in 2009. His father ran the oil-rich country before him, and many have criticized the family for profiting off the country's natural resources while failing to adequately invest in basic services for its roughly two million citizens.

The Bongo family has ruled the oil-producing country since 1967.

In his brief New Year's address, the 59-year-old Bongo declared that the country was "indivisible" and acknowledged his health problems without giving details. His re-election in 2016 was marred by claims of fraud and violent protest.

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