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If You’re Eating, Stop.. Gabon’s Military Tells Citizens As They ‘Seize Power’

Attempted coup in Gabon thwarted according to the government

LIBREVILLE (Blacquire) – The nation of Gabon is tense after the military took over a radio station and announced that they wanted to save the country from chaos. Gabon’s president, Ali Bongo, is outside the country, recovering from a stroke. He has been in power since 2009, succeeding his father who ruled from 1967.

Gabon Coup

On early Monday morning, soldiers appeared on state radio and said that they had launched a coup “to restore democracy” in the oil-rich African nation.

“The eagerly awaited day has arrived when the army has decided to put itself on the side of the people in order to save Gabon from chaos.

“If you are eating, stop; you are having a drink, stop; if you are sleeping, wake up. Wake up your neighbours… rise up as one and take control of the street,” he said on the radio.

Translation of the military announcement

US Presence in Gabon

A few days earlier, the United States announced that it has positioned about 80 troops in Gabon. American authorities said that the troops were in the area to offer support and security in the event that there are chaos in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The DRC held an election to replaced the incumbent Joseph Kabila and the electoral body delayed the election results. Analysts say that there might be violence in the event that the opposition candidate does not win.

Military Declares Curfew in Libreville

Reports indicate that there were gun shots in the capital of Libreville after the military made the announcement. They then imposed a curfew after hundreds of citizens showed up to support the call of the officers.

The government has since said that the location is under control according to AFP. 

The government added that they arrested the rebels who attempted the coup.

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