President Ali Bongo of Gabon leaves Saudi hospital for rest in London Updated for 2021

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Updated: March 5, 2021


President Ali Bongo of the central African country of Gabon has left King Faisal hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and flown to London, UK, for rest and further medical care, multiple media outlets reported on Wednesday. 

Bongo was believed to have suffered a stroke while in Saudi Arabia for an investment summit that became controversial following the assassination of Washington Post journalist Jamal khashoggi.

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The Gabonese President remained hospitalized in Saudi Arabia for almost a month, and some reports quickly claimed he was incapacitated and could no longer run the tiny but powerful oil-rich country.

But the presidency in Gabon said the President succumbed to extreme fatigue, especially because of his busy schedule. 

But as days turned into weeks, a question began to emerge: Who could replace him? But it soon became clear that the family was trying to keep power within the Bongo clan.

Jeune Afrique, which broke the news of Bongo’s ill-health in October 2018, said London was chosen to allow Bongo receive specialist care.

The country’s top court ruled no long ago that cabinet meetings could be chaired by the vice-president in the president’s absence.

But no cabinet meeting has Bongo since Bongo took ill, according to local reports.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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