Military officers overthrow Gabon’s Ali Bongo

Military officers overthrow Gabon’s Ali Bongo

Information available to suggests that junior military officers have organized a coup d’état in Gabon.

According to the soldiers, their aim was to restore democracy in the oil-rich country which has been ruled by Ali Bongo’s family for 50 years.

Ali Bongo succeeded his father, Omar Bongo, as president in 2009, when he narrowly won the re-election in 2016, in a poll marred by violence and accusations of fraud.

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Ali Bongo Source: Pulse Ghana
Source: UGC

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The soldiers took control of the national radio station at 04:30 local time (03:30 GMT) to read a short statement announcing a “National Restoration Council”.

Tanks and armed vehicles can be seen on the streets of the capital, Libreville.

Ali Bongo, who has been out of the country for two months, reportedly suffered a stroke in October 2018, and received treatment in Morocco.

In an attempt to put an end to the rumours about his health with a televised New Year message, he claimed he was feeling fine.

Soldiers however stated that they had been disappointed by the message, calling it “a pitiful sight” and a “relentless attempt to cling onto power.”

Some Ghanaians took to social media to express their opinions about the situation in Gabon:

Adams wished the same event happened in Ghana.

Saku also called for an overthrow of the government.

Jeremiah congratulated the military for the coup.

Ayinga wondered why such an incident cannot happen in Ghana.

To Richard, it was long overdue.

And Vanunye expressed his appreciation to jah.

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