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Update: Gabon Government takes back country from rebel troops, arrests them

Amadin Ogbewe

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The Gabon Government has taken back the country from the hands of rebel troops who started a coup to overthrow the Government.

The government of Gabon has declared that it was in control and that it had arrested most of those involved.

“Calm has returned, the situation is under control,” government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou told AFP.

Meanwhile, the African Union chief Moussa Faki Mahamat “strongly condemned” the attempted coup by the rebel soldiers.

“The African Union strongly condemns the coup attempt this morning in Gabon. I reaffirm the AU’s total rejection of all unconstitutional change of power,” he wrote on Twitter.

The soldiers had taken over the national radio station and declared that they were ‘restoring democracy’ earlier in. 

They had intended to forcefully remove President Ali Bongo, who is sick and out of the country, from power. 

Of the five who did this, according to Mapangou, “four have been arrested and one is on the run.”

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