Four of the soldiers who had seized the national radio in Libreville have reportedly been arrested, scuttling their bid to trigger a full scale coup.
A government spokesperson said another soldier is on the run, ridiculing them a “group of jokers”.
He confidently added that the officer on the run would be arrested “in the coming hours.”
In a video circulating on social media, three young soldiers can be seen in a radio studio holding guns.
Moussa Fati Mohamat, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission in a tweet “condemns the coup attempt this morning in #Gabon. I reaffirm the AU’s total rejection of all unconstitutional change of power”.
Current leader Ali Bongo succeeded his father Omar Bongo as president in 2009. He narrowly won re-election in 2016 in a poll marred by violence and accusations of fraud.