BREAKING: Military Seizes Power In Gabon

On January 7, 2019 0 Comment

The military in oil-rich central African country, Gabon, has announced it has seized power, effectively ending the 50-year rule of the family of President Ali Bongo.

The military said it is seizing power “to restore democracy”, the BBC reports.

Citizens of the country were woken to a 3.00 GMT broadcast by the military announcing a “National Restoration Council”.

Mr Bongo, who became president in 2009, has been ill and receiving treatment in Morocco for more than two months.

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According to the BBC, army armoured vehicles and tanks were seen patrolling the streets of the capital, Libreville.

In a New Year’s day broadcast, he tried to put an end to the rumour about his health, assuring citizens that he was fine.

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His message, clearly did not resonate with the army which described the broadcast as “a pitiful sight and a relentless attempt to cling onto power”.

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