Coup: Ailing Ali Bongo continues to rule as Gabonese govt arrests four soldiers

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President Ali Bongo of Gabon has continued in the capacity of president after the Gabonese government announced that four of the five junior military officers who attempted a forceful take-over at a national radio station on Monday morning, have been arrested.

The communication minister, Guy-Bertrand Mapangou, in a statement issued on Monday, January 7, 2018, says the ‘situation is under control’ as rebels have been arrested.

According to reports, the soldiers were arrested shortly after making the speech and one escaped.

Mapangou says they are a group of jokers and the military hierarchy does not recognise them.

President Ali Bongo who took over after his late father in 2009 has been hospitalised since October 2018 and currently receiving treatments in Morocco.

In a New Year Message, the president appeared on a video, saying he was recovering from the illness.

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