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Jan 16, 2019 | Morocco

Gabon's Bongo returns to Morocco

By AFP
Gabon's Ali Bongo has been abroad for for nearly three months recovering a stroke.  By GABRIEL BOUYS (AFP/File)
Gabon's Ali Bongo has been abroad for for nearly three months recovering a stroke. By GABRIEL BOUYS (AFP/File)

Gabon's President Ali Bongo returned to Morocco Wednesday only a day after arriving back in Libreville after months abroad recovering from a stroke, a source told AFP.

During his one-day visit to Gabon, Bongo swore in 38 ministers of a new government.

The ceremony at the beachside presidential palace in Libreville on Tuesday was closed to the press and public.

His return had temporarily ended an absence that saw an attempted coup by renegade soldiers.

"He returned to Rabat to resume his rehabilitation," a source in his entourage told AFP.

The oil-rich West African state has been without an effective government for months since Bongo, 59, suffered the stroke in October 2018 during a visit to Saudi Arabia.

After initial treatment at a hospital in Riyadh, Bongo was transferred to Morocco.

His return came just over a week after a small group of renegade soldiers briefly tried to stage a coup before it was quashed by security forces, who arrested the leader and killed two others.

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