The president of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba, remains hospitalized in Riyadh for "transient fatigue" and the doctors have prescribed him "rest", although the episode "is not serious", confirmed the Gabonese Presidency today.
"Frankly, it is not serious, a temporary fatigue due to the intense activity that has taken these last months," said Ike Ngouoni Aïla Oyouomi, presidential spokesman, in statements to the media, after casting their vote for the legislative elections that are held today in Gabon.
"Doctors consider that he needs rest, so that's what he has done, rest, but it's just a temporary fatigue," he added.
The spokesman denied the latest rumors that the Gabonese head of state had had to be transferred to London or Paris, but did not clarify when he will return to his country.
Ali Bongo Ondimba, 59, attended an investment summit in Riyadh this week and his hospitalization was announced by Saudi media.
He governs Gabon since 2009, after the death of his father, Omar Bongo, who held power for 41 years.
His re-election in 2016 was highly contested and sparked a serious political crisis that left several dead, although the exact figures are unknown.
His main rival, Jean Ping (former president of the African Union Commission), accused him of fraud and since then the country has lived on the verge of insurrection.
This Saturday Gabon celebrates the second round of legislative elections that, because of that political crisis, were delayed two years.