The political situation in Gabon is “under control” following an attempted military coup, a spokesman for the government said Monday. All five of the rebels who tried to take charge have now been arrested by the authorities. The junior officers claimed they seized power “to restore democracy” in Gabon.
Tanks and armoured vehicles could be seen in the capital Libreville. “The situation is calm. The gendarmes who are often stationed there have taken control of the entire area around the radio and TV headquarters, so everything is back to normal”, said Guy-Bertrand Mapangou, a government spokesman.
Mapangou said that the army generals, civil society and opposition leaders mentioned in the rebels’ statement as potential supporters would be investigated. The five soldiers took control of the national radio station at 04:30 local time (03:30 GMT) to read a short statement announcing a “National Restoration Council”.
The insurgents called on soldiers to take control of the transport system, ammunition reserves and airports “in the interests of the nation”.