Gabon pres­i­dent Bongo ‘do­ing well’ in Mo­rocco

Times of Oman - - WORLD -

LIBREVILLE(Gabon): Gabon’s Pres­i­dent Ali Bongo is re­cov­er­ing well af­ter be­ing hos­pi­talised in Mo­rocco, his prime min­is­ter said af­ter the two met in the cap­i­tal Ra­bat.

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.

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

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

“The head of state is con­scious, he recog­nises who he is speak­ing to, he can see well, he speaks well, his voice is good,” Ngondet told re­porters.

He said the of­fi­cials were “re­as­sured” fol­low­ing the meet­ing.

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

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

Ali Bongo

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