members of the military in the West African state of Gabon, apparently in an attempt to seize Power: In the state-run Radio, a Lieutenant of the Republican guard announced that the army had occupied all the important facilities, such as roads and airports.

President Ali Bongo Ondimba was no longer able to lead the country. The people of the Lieutenant promised in his five-minute speech in a “democratic Transition”. A “Patriotic movement of the youth, the army and the security forces” wanted to restore “the Dignity of the country”.

President Bongo was the last to have been due to medical treatments, several weeks out of the country. Currently, he is supposed to be due to a stroke in Morocco to be treated.

in October, the visitors had elected a new Parliament. The ballot was largely peaceful. In 2016, it was after the narrow election victory Bongos came to violent protests, with several dead.

Ali Bongo Ondimba.

Ali Bongo was followed in 2009 in the presidency on his father Omar Bongo. The had ruled the country with two million inhabitants, previously for 41 years. Gabon has rich Oil resources, however, parts of the population live in poverty. Falling Oil prices had led in recent years to an economic crisis.

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