A soldier who identified himself as Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang read out a statement on state television saying the military had seized control of the government. He was flanked by two others holding weapons. Photo: AFP/YouTube

Gabon government ‘thwarts coup’ after soldiers declare military takeover while President Bongo recovers from stroke overseas

  • Leader, who has been in power since 2009, has been out of the country since October after a stroke and is currently in Morocco
  • Soldiers from Gabon’s Republican Guard said they launched a coup ‘to restore democracy’
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A soldier who identified himself as Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang read out a statement on state television saying the military had seized control of the government. He was flanked by two others holding weapons. Photo: AFP/YouTube
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