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07 Jan 2019 | 11:21 AM UTC

Gabon: Situation under control in Libreville January 7 /update 2

Gabon News Alert

Situation under control in Libreville following the arrestation of the putschists January 7; remain vigilant

TIMEFRAME expected from 1/6/2019, 12:00 AM until 1/8/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Libreville). COUNTRY/REGION Gabon, Libreville

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According to local authorities, the security situation is under control in the capital Libreville as of 11:00 (local time) on Monday, January 7, following an attempted coup d'etat by soldiers who seized control of the national radio station (Radio Télévisée Gabonaise - RTG) in Libreville earlier in the day and announced the establishment of a National Council for Restoration. The putschists were eventually arrested by soldiers loyal to President Ali Bongo who managed to regain control of the situation; however, one of the putschists - reportedly head of the operation - is reportedly on the run. An increased security presence remains in all strategic areas of the capital, notably on the Boulevard Triomphal, where the RTG is located. The radio signal resumed after a brief cut and power is gradually being restored in some neighborhoods of the capital; however, accesses to the internet and social media networks remain cut off. The French school, Lycée Blaise Pascal, has been closed until further notice. Western authorities advised their nationals to shelter in place until the situation fully stabilizes.


Military forces began an attempted coup d'etat in Gabon around 04:00 (local time) on January 7. The statement ordered politicians and military leaders to assemble at the National Assembly and called on military forces and citizens to take control of airports, checkpoints, military establishments, and transportation centers. Gunshots were reported in Libreville.

President Ali Bongo reportedly in Morocco seeking medical treatment. Political tensions remain high in Gabon following the 2016 presidential elections, perceived by many as fraudulent.


Individuals in Gabon are advised to monitor the situation, refrain from all travel until further notice, obey instructions issued by their home governments, and maintain vigilance.


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