Gabon Politics

Morocco king meets Gabon president in hospital

Morocco’s royal palace has issued a picture of King Mohammed VI visiting Gabon’s President Ali Bongo at hospital in Rabat where the Gabonese leader is recovering from an undisclosed illness.

Some reports say President Bongo had suffered a stroke, but that has not been confirmed.

The publication of the photo comes after persistent rumours over the health of the Gabonese president for more than a month.

Mr Bongo was flown to Morocco on Thursday from Saudi Arabia where he had been in hospital since 24 October after falling ill at an economic forum.

There is no information on how long Bongo will stay in Morocco or when he’s returning to Libreville.

After an extended period of silence, the Gabonese presidency eventually admitted last month that Bongo was “seriously ill”.

Ali won hotly contested polls in 2016 to secure his second-term in charge. The main opponent and former colleague minister, Jean Ping, unsuccessfully contested the results. Ping, a former African Union chief, insists he was the constitutionally elected president

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