Army’s communiqué played on repeat on TV channels in Gabon

A journalist living in Port-Gentil, Gabon’s second city, has told the BBC about events in the country this morning.

Charles Stephane said he was woken by a friend in the capital, Libreville, who rang to say a coup was happening.

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Speaking to the BBC World Service’s Newsday programme, Mavoungou went on to describe seeing a communiqué being played again and again on the two national TV channels.

He said he was able to see various kinds of military officers.

“There’s the presidential guard, the gendarmerie; from what it looks like, all the parts of Gabon’s defence and security forces.”

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