Gabon: Military call for uprising on state radio

Gabonese soldiers read a message on state radio Monday at 06:30 hours (05:30 GMT) calling on the Gabonese people to "get up" and announcing the next establishment of a "National Council of restoration" in the absence of President Ali Bongo Ondimba recovering in Morocco.

Shots were heard at the same time by AFP around the Radio Television Gabonaise (RTG), on the boulevard Triomphal, in the center of Libreville.

Armored security forces of Gabon blocked at 07H00 access to this boulevard, noted a correspondent.

The message was read by a soldier posing as Deputy Commander of the Republican Guard (GR), and claiming to be president of a Patriotic Youth Movement of the Gabonese Defense and Security Forces (MPJFDS).

Three soldiers, wearing the green berets of the GR, were visible on a video of their speech circulating on social networks and authenticated by AFP.

The movement "asks all young people of the defense and security forces and all Gabonese youth to join us," said the military announcing the establishment of this "National Council of restoration".

"We can not give up the homeland," he said, judging the institutions "illegitimate and illegal".

He stressed that "the long-awaited day has come when the army has decided to stand with its people to save Gabon from chaos".

"If you are eating, stop, if you are having a drink, stop, if you sleep, wake up, wake up your neighbors (...), get up as one man and take control from the street, "he said on the radio, calling to occupy public buildings and airports throughout the country.

On October 24, while in Saudi Arabia, President Bongo, who suffered a stroke, was hospitalized in Ryad where he was treated for more than a month before being transferred to Rabat, where he was is still recovering.

For two months, the official communication was rare and partial as to the health of the head of state, fueling the wildest rumors on social networks.

On December 31, President Bongo spoke for the first time since his hospitalization. This speech, not very fluid, was for the MPJFDS a "shame" for a "country (which) has lost its dignity".

The vacancy of power was not declared in Gabon in the absence of the Head of State. The Constitutional Court transferred part of the powers of the President to the Prime Minister and the Vice President.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

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Gabon: Military call for uprising on state radio

Gabonese soldiers read a message on state radio Monday at 06:30 hours (05:30 GMT) calling on the Gabonese people to "get up" and announcing the next establishment of a "National Council of restoration" in the absence of President Ali Bongo Ondimba recovering in Morocco.

Shots were heard at the same time by AFP around the Radio Television Gabonaise (RTG), on the boulevard Triomphal, in the center of Libreville.

Armored security forces of Gabon blocked at 07H00 access to this boulevard, noted a correspondent.

The message was read by a soldier posing as Deputy Commander of the Republican Guard (GR), and claiming to be president of a Patriotic Youth Movement of the Gabonese Defense and Security Forces (MPJFDS).

Three soldiers, wearing the green berets of the GR, were visible on a video of their speech circulating on social networks and authenticated by AFP.

The movement "asks all young people of the defense and security forces and all Gabonese youth to join us," said the military announcing the establishment of this "National Council of restoration".

"We can not give up the homeland," he said, judging the institutions "illegitimate and illegal".

He stressed that "the long-awaited day has come when the army has decided to stand with its people to save Gabon from chaos".

"If you are eating, stop, if you are having a drink, stop, if you sleep, wake up, wake up your neighbors (...), get up as one man and take control from the street, "he said on the radio, calling to occupy public buildings and airports throughout the country.

On October 24, while in Saudi Arabia, President Bongo, who suffered a stroke, was hospitalized in Ryad where he was treated for more than a month before being transferred to Rabat, where he was is still recovering.

For two months, the official communication was rare and partial as to the health of the head of state, fueling the wildest rumors on social networks.

On December 31, President Bongo spoke for the first time since his hospitalization. This speech, not very fluid, was for the MPJFDS a "shame" for a "country (which) has lost its dignity".

The vacancy of power was not declared in Gabon in the absence of the Head of State. The Constitutional Court transferred part of the powers of the President to the Prime Minister and the Vice President.

Source: Seychelles News Agency

Comments are closed.