The president of Gabon will continue his convalescence in Rabat

The president of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, hospitalized a little over a month ago in Saudi Arabia due to fatigue, will travel today to Morocco to continue his recovery process in the capital of Rabat.

"It is in this friendly country where (Bongo) has chosen to continue his convalescence and rest." The Gabonese Government thanks King Mohamed VI and the fraternal people of Morocco for agreeing to welcome President Ali Bongo Ondimba, "he said in a statement last night. the government spokesman, Guy Bertrand Mapangou.

The text emphasizes that the head of state "is better" after his hospitalization in Riyadh on October 24, and notes that Bongo is already "fully in possession of his physical faculties."

For its part, the first lady of Gabon, Sylvia Bongo, announced through her Facebook account a "significant improvement" in the state of health of the president and assured that her husband will dedicate part of his time of convalescence to resolve matters more priorities for Gabon.

On November 14, after the opposition harshly criticized the existing "power vacuum", the Constitutional Court amended the Magna Carta so that the vice president of Gabon, Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou, could preside over the Cabinet of Ministers in the absence of Bongo drum.

In turn, the shortage of official news in the last month triggered a series of rumors about his health and even some media, such as the private television channel Cameroon Vision 4, came to speculate about his death.

Son of Omar Bongo, president of the oil nation for more than four decades (1967-2009), Ali succeeded his father in 2009, and in 2016 he was re-elected in a very tight election; result that caused a social revolt in which several people died and a thousand were arrested.

His main rival, Jean Ping, former president of the African Union Commission, accused him of fraud, and even the European Union (EU) questioned the legitimacy of the electoral process and denounced irregularities.


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