Gabon Military seizes power in the oil-rich nation

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Military officers in Gabon early Monday morning seized the national radio station in an attempted coup.

According to BBC, the officers read a statement on the radio station announcing a “National Restoration Council”.

The soldiers who were condemning President Ali Bongo’s New Year’s speech, alluded their coup attempt as a plot “to restore democracy”.

A spokesperson for the government of Gabon has said the political situation in the country is “under control.”

Guy-Bertrand Mapangou told the BBC that four of the rebels had been arrested by the authorities whie a fifth one is on the run.

Junior officers claimed they seized power “to restore democracy” in oil-rich Gabon, where the ailing leader’s family has ruled for 50 years.