Military ‘seizes power’ in Gabon

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The military announced on Monday that it had ended the 50-year old reign of the family of President Ali Bongo, but the government said hours later that everything was under control.

President Ali Bongo, who replaced his father Omar Bongo in 2009 as the leader of the oil-rich central African country, has been sick, and has been receiving treatment in Morocco for more than two months.

In a 3.00 GMT broadcast, the military announced a “National Restoration Council”, saying it is seizing power “to restore democracy”.

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

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Simon Ateba
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