Soldiers from Gabon’s Republican Guard have appeared on state television saying they have launched a coup “to restore democracy” in the West African country.
Early Monday a soldier who identified himself as Lt. Obiang Ondo Kelly, commander of the Republican Guard, read out a statement saying the military has seized control of the government.
He was flanked by two others holding weapons and all were dressed in camouflage uniforms and green berets, the AP reports.
A curfew has been imposed over the capital, Libreville, and the internet has been cut.
The city is being patrolled by military tanks and armed vehicles, but no violence has been reported.