Egypt condemns coup attempt in Gabon

Ahram Online , Reuters , Monday 7 Jan 2019

file photo shows Gabon troops standing guard outside the senate government building in Libreville, Gabon (Photo: AP)

Egypt's Foreign Ministry has condemned in in strongest terms the coup attempt in the friendly country of Gabon on Monday, a statement by the ministry said.

" Egypt stands by the legitimate authority in Gabon in accordance with the African Union's governing principles" , the statement read, calling for respecting the rule of  the law and the constitution in the west African country.

The chief military rebel who led a failed coup in Gabon on Monday has been arrested and two of his commandos killed after they stormed a public radio station, the Gabonese presidency said earlier.

Six rebel troops earlier Monday burst into the state radio broadcasting station, "neutralizing" gendarmes in front of the building before making their broadcast, it said.

Security forces stormed the radio station in the capital Libreville to take it back, killing two rebel troops, arresting their leader and freeing journalists who had been forced to help rebels make their appeal.

"The situation is under control," the presidency statement said.

President Bongo is staying at a private residence in the Moroccan capital Rabat after suffering a stroke. He made a televised speech on New Year's Eve but has not been in the West African country since October.

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