Monday, January 7, 2019

Coup in Gabon

The military is attempting to take control of the African nation of Gabon.

Gabon is a country along the Atlantic coast of Central Africa.

The military maintains it's doing this to return democracy to the nation.

The national radio station has been taken over and an announcement was made denouncing the president and the establishment of what they're calling a ''restoration council."

Shots have been heard fired in Liberville, the nation's capital.

The coup attempt is taking place as the nation's ailing president, Ali Bongo Ondimba, is out of the country, in Morocco, recovering from a stroke.

Ondimba is the son of Omar Bongo, who was dictator of Gabon from 1967 until his death in 2009.. The now 59-year-old took over as president after his father's death. He was re-elected in 2016.

There are reports that the internet has been taken down. It's not known at the time of this posting how many members of the military are participating.

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