Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Leaves Morocco After Recovery

Ali_Bongo_OdimbaGabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba has left Morocco after a medical stay in Morocco to finish his recovery after suffering a stroke in October 2018 in Saudi Arabia.

Bongo left Morocco on Saturday from the Rabat-Sale airport. Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani greeted Bongo in the airport before his departure.

Speaking about the Moroccan-Gabonese diplomatic ties, state-owned news agency Maghreb Arab Press said that Morocco and Gabon have “strong relations of friendship and solidarity, based on deep and historical bonds of fraternity between the two peoples and the two heads of state.”

Throughout his stay in Morocco, Ali Bongo made two visits to his country to chair official ceremonies after a coup attempt.

He then came back to Morocco to finish his recovery.

On January 7, a group of Gabonese rebels seized the state-owned broadcaster and announced their plans to establish a National Restoration Council.

The government managed to intervene and arrested the group of rebels, killing two of them.

Bongo has been in Morocco since November recovering from a stroke he suffered in Saudi Arabia in October 2018.