Ali Bongo Ondimba, president of Gabon who had been living in Morocco for a period of rehabilitation following a stroke, since November 28, is back in Gabon this Sunday, December 23.
According to sources, the number 1 Gabonese after staying more than a month in Morocco would “clandestinely” returned to Gabon. Would he already be recovering from his illness? Nothing can confirm this, because all the information obtained from the international media since the beginning of this affair “State of health of Ali Bongo”, are likely to maintain the vagueness. The Gabonese government has opted for the omerta around the president’s health state.
Indeed, leaving for Ryad to attend the summit “Future investment initiative”, organized from 22 to 25 October on the initiative of Crown Prince Mohamed Ben Salman, Ali Bongo, was to join N’Djamena, the Chadian capital for a summit of the Community monetary economy of Central Africa (CEMAC). But soon after his arrival in the Saudi capital, Ali Bongo would have “a malaise” consecutive to “severe fatigue due to a very strong activity in recent months,” according to the version of the presidency of the Republic of Gabon. An unconvincing version of the government that came after many speculations on the possible death of the leader of Gabon since 2009, following the death of his father Omar Bongo. This lack of credibility of the government’s version is due, indeed, to the other information, relayed by the international press, which confirms the president’s stroke.
After being treated in Ryad in Saudi Arabia, Gabonese President Ali Bongo went to Rabat on Wednesday (November 28th) for a “short period of recovery”, according to an announcement by his wife on Facebook. The same source announced the improvement of his state of health and his intention to work on the priority files upon his arrival in Rabat where he will be joined by his collaborators. The proposal to stay in Rabat for his convalescence was made by King Mohamed VI.
For the moment, no official information has filtered about the evolution of Ali Bongo’s recovery. Would he have returned to Gabon after a total recovery? Our eyes are still on December 31 for the traditional speech to the nation.