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Gabon army stage coup to ‘restore democracy’

7 January 2019 World

Military officers claimed to have seized power in oil-rich Gabon from the ailing leader Ali Bongo, whose family has ruled for half a century.

Armed soldiers took over state television and radio before dawn to announce a National Restoration Council would “restore democracy” in the absence of the president, who has been out of the country since October.

Tanks and armoured vehicles rolled onto the streets of the capital Libreville and shots rang out, according to local media. Government sources told reporters that the president was preparing a statement and the state had “all strategic points under control”, dismissing the insurgents as “a small group of soldiers”.


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