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Gabon’s Bongo continues recovery in Morocco


Gabonese President Ali Bongo, who has been in hospital for more than a month in Saudi Arabia, has being transferred to the Moroccan capital, Rabat, to convalesce, according to media reports Wednesday.

His wife Sylvia Bongo posted on social media that the transfer was possible because of a “significant improvement” in her husband’s health.

Mr. Bongo is thought to have suffered a stroke while on an official visit to the Saudi capital although there has been no official explanation of why he is seeking medical treatment.

Gabonese government spokesman Guy-Bertrand Mapangou told the BBC the fifty-nine-year-old leader’s health was so improved that, should he want to, he could begin work by meeting his chiefs of staff.

Mr. Bongo was sworn in for a second seven-year term in September 2016, after a bitterly disputed election in the oil-rich nation.

He succeeded his late father Omar Bongo, who had ruled Gabon for forty-one years until his death in 2009.

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