An attempted coup in the african country of Gabon is on Monday been defeated, and 'the situation is under control'. It informs the government of the country.
Later Monday afternoon informing the government, the main culprits behind the coup has been arrested. In addition, two soldiers have been killed. It writes the news agency Reuters.
Community - 7. jan. 2019 - at. 10:29 New message from the coup-hit country: 'the Situation is under control'
It is not immediately, who the responsible is.
Earlier it said that most of the rebel soldiers, who tried to carry out the coup, has been arrested.
- Calm is restored. The situation is under control, says government spokesman, Guy-Bertrand Mapangou, to the AFP.
the Soldiers in the small, oil-rich african country had earlier Monday taken control over the state radio, where they read out a statement, while there was shot in the capital city of Libreville.
Residents in the town said that tanks and armed vehicles from the military ran around in the streets. A few hours after the coup attempt are reported destroyed.
the Officers condemned in their statement on the radio a new year's speech, which was held by the country's president, Ali Bongo Ondimba. In the declaration promised the soldiers behind the coup attempt to "restore democracy in the country".
Gabon, which has just over two million inhabitants, has been ruled by the same family for 50 years. The country is located in western central Africa.
According to a source close to the government, it was "a small group of soldiers, who stood behind the coup".
The 59-year-old president Ali Bongo has been abroad since October, and there are rumors that he has been struck by a heart attack.
He sent his nytårsbudskab from a hospital bed in Morocco.
- This has reinforced a widespread doubt that he is able to lead the country, said a statement from the rebels.
They had created the self-declared Gabons Defence and security forces of the Patriotic Movement.
the President acknowledged in his new year speech that he had health problems, but he said that he was in remission.
He had difficulty in pronouncing certain words, and could not move his right arm, but seemed otherwise to have it reasonable.
Ali Bongo was re-elected as president in 2016, but there was accusations of electoral fraud. His election victory was narrow. The european UNION has openly questioned the official result.
the Bongo took power after his father, who died in 2009. The danger led Gabon for 42 years. The son has often been called the 'Monsieur Fils', which means 'Mr Sun'.
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