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Gabonese President Ali Bongo returns to Morocco

Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who returned to Gabon on the night of Sunday to Monday, left 48 hours later for Morocco where he has been recovering for three months after a stroke, said a source close to the presidency.

The president left Libreville “in the evening of Tuesday after the council” of ministers, said Friday this source.

On Monday and Tuesday, Ali Bongo had successively received in audience several Gabonese personalities, then chaired his first council of ministers since October.

During the meeting, hundreds of people were named, and several of his close associates were thanked – most notably, the head of his private security for over thirty years, the Korean Park Sang-chul.

His 48-hour return was also an opportunity for him to circulate in some areas of Libreville, where he greeted the onlookers from the window of his car.

No media were invited to the event that was reported by videos filmed by relatives of the presidency.

Attempted coup in January

Victim of a stroke on October 24 while in Saudi Arabia, President Bongo, returned Sunday evening in Libreville from Rabat, had only returned once since, very briefly, January 15.

He had then been sworn in by the ministers of the new government.

Very little information has filtered for four months on the Gabonese president and his state of health. Since October, the wildest rumors circulated on social networks in this country accustomed to the “kongossa” – rumor, in local slang.

Some official photos and videos have tried to fill the void and prove that the head of state, in power since 2009 after taking over from his dead father Omar Bongo Ondimba, was fine.

In January, an attempted coup took place in Libreville to denounce the absence of the president and want to establish “a democratic transition”.

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