Army Overthrows Gabonese Civilian Government

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Soldiers in Gabon have appeared on state television saying they have launched a coup against the government of ailing president Ali Bongo.

Early on Monday, one soldier flanked by two others holding guns read out a statement saying the military had seized control of the government “to restore democracy” to the country.

In a separate message on state radio, military officers declared their dissatisfaction with Bongo, who is recovering from a stroke in Morocco.