Gabonian military reportedly seized the state radio in the capital Libreville in the wee hours of Monday in an attempted coup d’état which analysts say might end the reign of the Bongos who have ruled Gabon since 1967.
President Ali Bongo has been battling a stroke in Morocco where he arrived late last November from a Saudi Arabia hospital.
Bongo, 59 who won a re-election in 2016 in the oil producing nation has been facing a stream of challenges. The election was allegedly marred by fraud.
"The @_AfricanUnion strongly condemns the coup attempt this morning in #Gabon. I reaffirm the AU's total rejection of all unconstitutional change of power" tweeted Moussa Faki, the President of the African Union Commission
A visibly weak Bongo gave his New Year’s message to Gabonians with a lot of difficult.
He succeeded his father Omar Bongo Ondimba who died in 2009 after ruling his country for nearly half a century.