The president did not give a reason for the sackings of Vice President Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou and Forestry and Environment Minister Guy Bertrand...
Gabon has enjoyed relative political stability since its independence in 1960 and has had just three presidents over half a century.
Following the events of Monday in Gabon's capital, let's have a look at the highlights in the history of the small central African country.
Security forces have been deployed in the capital and will remain there over the coming days in order to maintain order.
This happens as ailing President Ali Bongo recovers in Morocco.
A lack of official news on the leader's health after he first fell ill sparked fevered speculation that he was incapacitated or even dead.
The 59-year-old leader left hospital in Morocco earlier this month and is recovering at a private residence in the capital Rabat after weeks of silence...
The 59-year-old leader, who fell ill on October 24 at an economic forum, arrived in Morocco last week following a month's treatment at a hospital in Saudi...
Bongo was flown to Morocco on Thursday from Saudi Arabia where he had been in hospital since October 24.
Bongo, 59, was rushed to hospital in Riyadh on October 24 after falling ill at an economic forum.
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