President Gabon mutiny attempted to cure illness overseas
A mutiny occurred in Liberville, Gabon, the capital of Central Africa, on the morning of the 7th.
A group of soldiers occupied the radio station, issued an announcement to the public, questioned President Ali Bongo’s ability to continue in office and encouraged young people in the army and civilians to join the uprising.
Bongo was seriously ill when he visited in October last year and is 杭州夜网论坛 recuperating in Morocco, a North African country.
A few hours later, the Gabonese government announced that it had control of the situation.
[Occupation Radio]A statement was broadcast by the National Radio of Gabon at about 6.30 local time (13:30 Beijing time) on the 7th.
The person who reads the statement claims to be Lieutenant Kelion Doobian, an officer of the Republican Guard and leading the youth patriotic movement of the Gabonese defence and security forces.
The statement said that the speech delivered by President Bongo on the eve of New Year’s Day this year has heightened external doubts about the ability of the President to continue his duties.
A video circulating on social media shows that Obiang is wearing a training suit and a green beret, standing in a radio recording studio and reading a statement, 苏州夜网论坛 replacing a soldier with an assault rifle standing behind him.
Reuters reported from a source close to the Gabonese government that gunfire sounded near the national television in the center of the capital before and after the announcement, but the attackers appeared to be only a handful of soldiers.
Reuters quoted witnesses as saying that soldiers loyal to the government fired tear gas to disperse some 300 support coups gathered outside the radio. Helicopters hovered over the atmosphere in most parts of the capital.
A few hours later, the Gabonese government, known as Guibert Longmapangu, told AFP reporters that four of the five soldiers who had initiated the mutiny were arrested and one was at large.
[President is absent]Bongo is 59 years old. He was hospitalized in Saudi Arabia on October 24 last year due to illness. He continued to receive treatment in Morocco since November. Now he is recuperating in a private residence in Rabat, capital of Morocco.
On the evening of December 31 last year, he delivered a New Year’s address to the domestic people in Morocco, admitting that he was ill, but was recovering.
In the recorded video of the speech, Bongo’s right arm seemed to be inconvenient to move, and some of his words were unclear, but he was in good mental condition.
Gabon is located on the west coast of central Africa and borders the Atlantic Ocean. It became a French colony in the 1880s and became independent in August 1960.
Gabon is rich in natural resources, with oil, manganese, uranium and timber extraction and export as the main source of fiscal revenue.
Gabon has a forest coverage rate of more than 80%, a large variety of trees, the third largest log reserve in Africa, and a reputation as a country of green and gold.
Bongo was formerly Minister of Defense, and his father, Omar Bongo, became president of Gabon from November 1967 until his death in 2009.
In September of the same year, Bongo was elected as the new president as a candidate for the ruling party and won re-election in 2016.
The opposition disputed the fairness of the election at the time, and violent clashes between demonstrators and police in Libreville set fire to the National Assembly building.
The African Union Commission Chairman Musafaki Mohammed said on social media on Twitter on the 7th: The African Union strongly condemns the attempted coup in Gabon this morning.
I reiterate that the AU is firmly opposed to all constitutional regime changes.
(Shen Min) (Xinhua News Agency special feature) Original title: The President’s attempt to recuperate Gabon mutiny overseas government said it had “controlled the situation”