Gabon’s President Ali Bongo arrived in Morocco today to recuperate after a month’s treatment at a Saudi hospital, a Moroccan diplomatic source said. The fifty-nine-year-old had been at the hospital in Saudi Arabia since the twenty-fourth of October when he fell ill at an economic forum.
The official Saudi Press Agency said Bongo had departed from Riyadh’s King Salman airbase on Wednesday night, and that Saudi foreign ministry officials saw him off. After his arrival in Rabat on Thursday morning, the Gabonese leader was taken to a hospital in the Moroccan capital, the diplomatic source said without giving further details.
The Moroccan foreign ministry said in a statement that his transfer was in agreement with the constitutional institutions of the Gabonese Republic, and in accordance with the opinion of the doctors.
After an extended period of silence, the Gabonese presidency eventually admitted Bongo was “seriously ill” and had undergone surgery, while insisting he was on the mend. His recovery would take weeks, or even days, according to a source in the presidency.