Gabon Authorities Foil Coup Attempt, Arrest Plotters

A coup carried out by soldiers in Gabon on Monday morning, January 7, has been brought under control, according to government spokesman.

There were gunshots around the national television station, even though the coup plotters appeared to be a small group of soldiers.

BBC reports that authorities have arrested all five of the rebels who tried to take control of the government on Monday morning, as President Ali Bongo 59, who has been receiving treatment in Morocco since November 2018, after suffering a stroke, recovered from a stroke in Morocco.

Earlier reports have it that Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang, the leader of the self-declared Patriotic Movement of the Defence and Security Forces of Gabon gave a New Year’s eve address by Bongo “reinforced doubts about the president’s ability to continue to carry out of the responsibilities of his office.”

In the New Year’s Eve address, the President had sought to put an end to the rumours about his health, telling citizens that he was feeling fine.

However, soldiers said they had been disappointed by the message, calling it “a pitiful sight” and a “relentless attempt to cling onto power.” Speaking on the apparent coup, a source close to the government said there were gunshots around the national television station, even though the coup plotters appeared to be a small group of soldiers. President Ali Bongo, 59, has been receiving treatment in Morocco since November 2018. He was previously hospitalised in Saudi Arabia after suffering a stroke.

Bongo, whose re-election in 2016 was marred by claims of fraud and violent protest, has been president since succeeding his father, Omar, who died in 2009. His family has ruled the oil-producing country for nearly half a century.