Gabon: Ports Secure

Budd Gabon advised earlier today that, despite the attempted military coup which started in the night of 6 to 7 January 2019, vessels calling in Gabonese ports are not in danger although commercial operations have come to a halt as port (and all other) employees were told to stay at home today.

There have also been cuts in Internet connections and public transport.

The ports were secured by troops loyal to President Ali Bongo who was seen on television on 31 December 2018 for the first time since his stroke on 24 October 2018.  The President presented his New Year wishes to the nation from Morocco where he is convalescing.

The latest reports from Gabon indicate that the coup has been overturned and five rebel soldiers have been arrested.

Information provided by Budd Gabon

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