LIBREVILLE (Halbeeg News) -The Gabonese army has announced coup against ailing President, Omar Bongo.
soldiers seized national radio station in the capital, Libreville, on Monday.
Gunfire heard in the capital after troops denounce president and announce what they described as a new ‘restoration council’.
Military vehicles blocked access to the site, an AFP news agency correspondent reported.
Reading out a statement, the military officers condemned President Ali Bongo who addressed his compatriots last week from Morocco for the first time since reportedly suffering a stroke in October.
A New Year’s address by Bongo “reinforced doubts about the president’s ability to continue to carry out of the responsibilities of his office”, said Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang, leader of the self-declared Patriotic Movement of the Defence and Security Forces of Gabon.
“Once again, one time too many, the wielders of power deceptively continue to instrumentalize the person of Ali Bongo Ondimba, a patient devoid of many of his physical and mental faculties,” said Obi.
A source close to the government said told Reuters news agency the plotters appeared to be a small group of soldiers. A spokesman for the presidency said he would make a statement shortly.