At the request of King Mohammed VI, Gabonese president Ali Bongo Ondimba is expected to arrive in Morocco to finish his recovery time.
Bongo was recently hospitalized in Saudi arabia. He spent nearly a month at King Faisal hospital in the Saudi capital following a stroke on October 24. His absence gave rise to several speculations.
Some media even went as far as announcing that Bongo may have died during hospitalization in the Saudi hospital.
The president fell ill in Saudi Arabia during his participation in the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh last month.
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Concern over the president’s extended absence was such that, earlier this week, Gabon’s top court ruled that Gabon’s Vice-President, Pierre Claver Maganga Moussavou, could take over in the absence of his boss.
The court authorized Moussavou to chair the Council of Ministers and handle urgent matters in the country.
It remained to be seen whether Bongo’s family will change their heart to transfer the ill president to Morocco for recovery.
Bongo visited Morocco for several times. King Mohammed VI and Ali Bongo maintain good relationship. In 2017, the Gabonese president shared a picture of him and King Mohammed VI as teenagers, demonstrating the long-standing friendship between them.
Local news outlets also said that King Mohammed VI paid Odimba a private visit in December 2017.