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Gabon has been without effective government since October, when President Ali Bongo suffered a stroke while visiting Saudi Arabia.
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.
The 59-year-old leader has not been home to Gabon since he fell ill in Saudi Arabia more than two months ago.
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.
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