Reactions have continued to trail the unsuccessful attempt by some military officers in Gabon to take over power by force while the president of the country, Ali Bongo is recovering from stroke in Morocco.

Former president Goodluck Jonathan, who is regarded by many as hero of democracy in Africa, was among the first African leaders to react.

Jonathan said in a tweet on Monday afternoon that he stood with the African Union in Gabon.

“While urging for calm, restraint and peaceful conduct, I also call on the military authorities to return the country to its status as a constitutional democracy,” Jonathan tweeted.

Continuing, Jonathan said: “African countries may be facing different challenges, capable of visiting untold hardships on the people. However, the creativity required in resolving those challenges can only be located in the democratic space”.

He added: “As there's no known alternative governance style that could deliver public good to a greater majority of the people; there's no doubt that the socio-economic interest of continental Africa is better served under a stable atmosphere, which constitutional democracy guarantees.”

According to reports, the rebel soldiers failed to successfully overthrow the government and all five of the rebels who tried to take charge have now been arrested by the authorities.

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The junior officers claimed they seized power "to restore democracy" in the oil-rich Central African country, where the Bongo family has ruled for 50 years.

The BBC reports that tanks and armoured vehicles could be seen in the capital, Libreville.

One of the rebels, is said to have been on the run for a brief period, before being found hiding under a bed, reports Radio France Internationale.

"The situation is calm. The gendarmes who are often stationed there have taken control of the entire area around the radio and TV headquarters, so everything is back to normal", said Guy-Bertrand Mapangou, a government spokesman.

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