Gabonese President Under House Arrest, Son Detained

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Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba is under house arrest and one of his sons has been arrested for “treason”, military officers said Wednesday.

The announcement came hours after the military officers said they had overthrown the government.

In a statement read out on state TV, the military officers said Bongo was under house arrest “surrounded by his family and doctors”.

Bongo has been in power since 2009, when he succeeded his father, Omar Bongo, who ruled Gabon for 42 years.

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