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Gabonese president back in Morocco to resume treatment

Ali Bongo's short visit to Gabon ends after attending oath-taking of new gov't he appointed following failed coup

17.01.2019
Gabonese president back in Morocco to resume treatment Gabonese President Ali Bongo

DAKAR, Senegal 

Gabonese President Ali Bongo returned to Morocco to complete his medical treatment following a brief visit to his country, presidential sources said on Wednesday.

On Monday, Bongo had left the Moroccan capital of Rabat to attend the oath-taking ceremony of the new government he appointed over the weekend as well as a cabinet meeting.

In a 28 minute video of the ceremony, Bongo is seen in a wheelchair.

Last November, the government announced that the Central African leader had suffered "fatigue" and "persistent vertigo" since arriving the previous month in Saudi Arabia, where he went to attend an investment event.

He left Saudi Arabia, where he had stayed for a month and received medical treatment for an apparent health disorder, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Nov. 29.

Bongo went to Morocco at the invitation of King Mohammed VI for further medical treatment. He was discharged from a hospital there on Dec. 6.

Bongo, 59, came to power in Gabon in elections held following the death of his father, Omar Bongo, in 2009, who had ruled the country for 41 years.

Gabon has been rocked by sporadic violence since the 2009 poll, the results of which have been questioned by the country’s political opposition.

For the past 50 years, the Bongo family has dominated Gabon, where a third of the population lives below the poverty line despite the country’s vast mineral wealth.

Reporting by Alaattin Dogru:Writing by Erdogan Cagatay Zontur

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