The authorities of Gabon suppressed an attempted armed coup organized by a group of high-ranking military, the Associated Press reported .
According to the agency, government forces controlling the capital, Libreville, used tear gas to disperse about 300 protesters who took to the streets at the call of the coup organizers.
Gab-Bertrand Marangu, a spokesman for the Government of Gabon, in an interview with RFI radio, said that four of the five insurgents were detained by law enforcement officers who called themselves members of the “Patriotic Movement of the Military and Special Services of Gabon”, another was wanted.
The attempted coup in Gabon became known on the morning of January 7. Military organizers said they were going to restore democracy in the country. They also called on residents to go out into the streets.
Gabon’s president Ali bin Bongo Ondimba is now on treatment in Morocco after a stroke. He has ruled the country since 2009, in 2016 he declared himself the winner of new elections, the results of which were not recognized by the opposition.