Gabon’s Vice-President Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou will take over in the absence of the country’s president, who is currently hospitalized in Saudi Arabia.
Rabat- Gabon’s top court ordered Moussavou to run the country’s affairs in place of President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who is reportedly being hospitalized in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, after suffering a stroke during a conference on October 24.
In light of Bongo’s long absence, the Constitutional Court has resolved to authorise Moussavou to chair the Council of Ministers and handle urgent matters that have remained on hold for weeks.
The court stated that the decision is “to ensure the continuity of the State and the public service, as well as the regular functioning of the government,” as reported Africanews.
While the Gabonese court’s decision can settle many of the country’s pressing issues, citizens and members of Bango’s family cannot help but inquire about Bango’s real whereabouts.
The lack of explanation and details about Bango’s extended absence and hospitalization in Saudi Arabia have piqued international interest. The media has even speculated that Bango may have died in the aforementioned Saudi hospital.