Global One (G1)— The government has regained control in the African nation of Gabon after an attempted coup was put down on Jan. 7.
A government spokesman said, “The situation is calm. The gendarmes who are often stationed there have taken control of the entire area around the radio and TV headquarters, so everything is back to normal.”
Earlier in the day, Lt. Obiang Ondo Kelly read a statement on TV saying a coup had been launched to “restore democracy.”
Kelly, along with two other soldiers, told the people of the West African country to “rise up.”
However, government forces have now regained control of the state broadcasting offices and a stretch the capital of Libreville — reportedly the only places the coup plotters had taken over.
Gabon will remain under the control of President Ali Bongo, who has led the country since 2009.
Bongo has been out of the country since October, reportedly receiving treatment for a stroke in Morocco.
The 59-year-old won reelection in 2016, although the results are reportedly disputed by Jean Ping, who calls himself the country’s president.