Gabon coup: President Bongo under house arrest as army seizes power

President Ali Bongo
President Ali Bongo
  • President Bongo, 64, is under house arrest, surrounded by his family and doctors, military officers have said on national TV in the last few minutes

  • Soldiers also said one of the leader’s sons was under arrest for “treason”

  • They added that they had put forward the head of the presidential guard as the leader of the transition

  • In an earlier TV appearance, soldiers said they were cancelling the result of the election officially won by President Bongo – whose family has been in power for more than half a century

  • Former colonial power France has voiced its concern over the situation, as have China and Russia – countries which both have modern-day influence in central and west Africa

  • If confirmed, this would be the eighth coup in former French colonies in Africa in the past three years.


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