AFTERMATH Coup Attempt, New Gabon Govt Announced From Abroad

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In this image from TV, a soldier who identified himself as Lt. Obiang Ondo Kelly, commander of the Republican Guard, reads a statement on state television broadcast from Libreville, saying the military has seized control of the government, Monday Jan. 7, 2019. The statement said Soldiers from Gabon’s Republican Guard have launched a coup “to restore democracy” in the West African country, while imposing a curfew in the capital, and the internet has been cut. No violence has been reported and President Ali Bongo has been out of the country since October amid reports that he had a stroke.(Gabon State TV via AP)


GABON’S prime minister announced a new government in a video message recorded thousands of miles away in Morocco, where ailing Gabonese President Ali Bongo is recovering from a stroke.

Recently appointed PM Julien Nkoghe Bekale gave details of the reshuffle in footage broadcast late Saturday on state television, less than a week after the country foiled an attempted coup.


Gabon has been without effective government for months since President Bongo suffered the stroke in October during a visit to Saudi Arabia.

A new cabinet was also announced on Saturday evening by presidential secretary Jean-Yves Teale in another video missive recorded in Morocco. No significant changes were made to either the cabinet or the government.



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