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GABON PRESIDENT BONGO “DOING WELL” IN MOROCCO AFTER ILLNESS
GABON PRESIDENT BONGO “DOING WELL” IN MOROCCO AFTER ILLNESS
07 December 2018 | 01:17

Gabon's President Ali Bongo is recovering well after being hospitalized in Morocco.The 59-year-old president, who fell ill on October 24 at an economic forum, arrived in Morocco last week following a month's treatment at a hospital in Saudi Arabia for an illness that has not been officially revealed.

," Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet said in Libreville late on Tuesday The head of state is doing fairly well, the process of his rehabilitation is evolving very quickly and positively

Ngondet had previously traveled to Morocco accompanied by senior officials to visit Bongo in hospital.

Ngonde told reporters The head of state is conscious, he recognizes who he is speaking to, he can see well, he speaks well, his voice is good

He said the officials were "reassured" following the meeting.

Public television in Gabon late on Tuesday broadcast a silent video of the meeting between Bongo, Ngondet, Vice President Pierre-Claver Maganga Moussavou and the head of the constitutional court, Marie-Madeleine Mborantsuo.

The footage follows the release on Monday by Morocco's royal palace of a handout picture which it said showed Moroccan King Mohamed VI with Bongo at the hospital.

The prime minister's announcement follows more than a month of speculation over the health of the Gabonese president.

After a long silence, the Gabonese presidency admitted last month that Bongo was "seriously ill" and had undergone surgery.

The lack of official news recalled the secrecy surrounding the death of Bongo's father Omar Bongo in 2009 after decades at the helm.

Ali Bongo was narrowly re-elected president in 2016 after beating opposition challenger Jean Ping by a few thousand votes following a poll marred by deadly violence and allegations of fraud.



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