The Congo-Brazzaville government has denied reports of a coup attempt against President Denis Nguesso, who has been in power for 39 years.
It follows unconfirmed social media reports that the military was trying to oust the 79-year old leader, who is currently in New York for the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Information Minister Thierry Moungalla posted on X (formerly Twitter) saying those is fake news.
The government’s website also posted a statement denying the coup attempt reports.
There has been a wave of coups across Africa in recent months, with the most recent one in the neighbouring Gabon, where the military seized power in January.