> The 59 year old president was hospitalized in October after suffering a stroke, he's been in Morocco since November to continue treatment.
Among those arrested was Lieutenant Kelly Ondo Obiang, the leader of the self declared patriotic movement of the Defense and Security Forces of Gabon. He broadcast this message expressing doubts over Bongo's ability to do his job.>>
The oil producing African country has been ruled by the Bongo family for nearly half a century, but the president's re-election in 2016 was marred by deadly protests, and make claims of fraud. The lieutenant in change said the coup was against quote, those who in a cowardly way, assassinated our young compatriots on the night of August 31, 2016.
Referring to the violence that erupted after Bongo was declared the winner. The international community has condemned the coup attempt, including former colonial ruler France, which urged citizens registered in Gabon to avoid moving around Libreville. A Reuters witness said they heard sporadic gunfire in the capital, and that the army used tear gas to disperse around 300 people who gathered at the radio station in support of the coup.
But for now, Libreville remains largely calm.