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Gabon military 'dismisses' President Bongo from office

Less than a week after the US deployed troops in Gabon, soldiers in the central African country have appeared on state television, announcing that they have ousted the ailing 59-year-old President Ali Bongo.

According to Agencies, one soldier flanked by two others holding guns read out a statement saying the military had seized control of the government “to restore democracy” to the country.

In a message on state radio, military officers declared their dissatisfaction with Bongo, who is currently recovering from a stroke in Morocco after receiving treatment in Saudi Arabia. 

Lt. Kelly Ondo Obiang, the leader of the self-declared Patriotic Movement of the Defence and Security Forces of Gabon said, a New Year’s Eve address by Bongo “reinforced doubts about the president’s ability to continue to carry out of the responsibilities of his office.”

The radio message was reportedly broadcast at about 4.30am local time (08:30 EAT), and the TV message shortly afterwards. In videos posted online by locals, gunshots can be heard but a source says that the plotters appeared to be a small group of soldiers.

Gen Jean Philippe Ntumpa Lebani head of the Council of the Restoration announced that the military has dismissed president Bongo from the presidential office. Bongo became president in October 2009 after the death of his father who'd ruled Gabon from 1967 until 2009.

It is unclear if the earlier US troop deployment is related to the coup, but President Donald Trump said Friday that U.S. military personnel had deployed to Gabon in response to possible violent demonstrations in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a presidential election there.

In a letter to congressional leaders, Trump said the first of about 80 military personnel arrived in Gabon on Wednesday in case they are needed to protect U.S. citizens and diplomatic facilities in Congo’s capital Kinshasa.

He said they “will remain in the region until the security situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo becomes such that their presence is no longer needed.”

Trump said additional forces may deploy to Gabon “if necessary.”

Comments

-2 #1 Lakwena 2019-01-07 12:16
Including Uganda, never say never to coups in Africa, because otherwise, Coups and counter coups in Africa are usually phenomenon.

In other words, Africans should say NO to Family Rule and/or State Capture by criminally motivated politicians like Mr. M7; who in January 2017, made a Public Disclaimer that: for the 33 years in office he is only fight for himself, family belief.
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0 #2 wazza 2019-01-07 13:06
My heart fills with joy every time I read such news. I have never fathomed one family imposing itself on people and oppressing them for years.

His father ruled for more than 40 years, now the son is ill and unable to lead but still hanging on!!

It is very sad that when such people leave power, the people suffer for years because of lack functioning institutions. Uganda is heading there slowly
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+1 #3 Wanainchi 2019-01-07 13:51
@ Lakwena..Deja.Vu! I was just expecting comments from you and others.

As usual,you are dead wrong. In case of Uganda we have an experienced and duly elected president Mys3veni who is also Supreme military commander.

NRM is governing party and there us no family .issue of office or party. Uganda us governed by Constotutio and .monitored by duly elected MPs who are elected by the people and are responsible to their constituencies.

UPDF is national military force which maintains security and independence if the Reoubluc of Uganda.

It has many sons and daughters who are defending Yganda every day and they are loyal and patriotic members of the military establ7shment for over three decades.

They are well trained and they are in Uganda to protect all,including you and me Kakwena,if you are indeed that person and lu e un Uganda.Howe or, you may be a paid spy who us trying to disrupt Uganda,un vain.
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+2 #4 Wanainchi 2019-01-07 14:06
@Lakwena.Your happiness was short lived and you shot yourself in footmNews of the day us that police has arrested rebel soldiers and ine of Bongo ministers in control.

Not so fast sheriff!!
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-1 #5 kabayekka 2019-01-07 15:46
Silly African military. Why tell people to go on the streets so that you can have a field day of shooting human beings of your own reletionship.

Those days of you coming on to the streets military style showing off the tax-payers armament as your weapons of freeing the people from the very leaders you have protected for decades are over.

African peoples are wiser with you lot in these modern days.
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-1 #6 Lakwena 2019-01-08 08:15
Quoting Wanainchi:
@Lakwena.Your happiness was short lived and you shot yourself in footmNews of the day us that police has arrested rebel soldiers and ine of Bongo ministers in control.

Not so fast sheriff!!


As a human being and a friend, let me 1st wish Wanainch a Happiness New Year, if ever he stops supporting greed, criminality and inhumanity.

In other words Wanainchi, you lack english language comprehension. I was not celebrating: I was only warning your type that you could fall into Gabon trapping.

But as a friend, let me warn you a 1,000 times that: if you don't stop supporting evil (Mr. M7), God will ask Satan to use you and all NRM supporters as fuel to burn Mr. M7 in Hell for a very very long time.

E.g., if you are one of Mr. M7's evil advisors, you will be used as the fuel (fat potbelly oil) to burn Mr. M7's ears that do not listen to reason.
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0 #7 Wanainchi 2019-01-09 03:30
@Lawena..you are fool and audit! I will abstain from any of my further comments with you.

Buzz off thug!!
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0 #8 Lakwena 2019-01-09 08:43
Quoting Wanainchi:
@Lawena..you are fool and audit! I will abstain from any of my further comments with you.

Buzz off thug!!


In other words, that you are now pissed you have made my day Wanainchi. Have a nice day.
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