In Summary
  • The move came after persistent rumours over the health of the Gabonese president for more than a month.
  • After an extended period of silence, the Gabonese presidency eventually admitted last month that Bongo was "seriously ill" and had undergone surgery, but said he was on the mend.


Gabon's top government officials gathered Tuesday in Rabat where President Ali Bongo is recovering after treatment for an illness that has not been officially revealed, his office said.

The 59-year-old leader, 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.


Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze Ngondet, Vice President Pierre-Claver Maganga Moussavou and the head of the constitutional court, Marie-Madeleine Mborantsuo, were among the senior officials to join Bongo in Rabat, the president's office told AFP Tuesday.

A day earlier, Morocco's King Mohammed VI, a long-time friend of Bongo's, visited the president at the military hospital.

The palace later released a handout picture and a short video which it said showed the pair's encounter.

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