Gabon president ‘seriously ill’ – The East African

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Gabon’s presidency admitted for the first time on Sunday that President Ali Bongo, hospitalised for nearly three weeks in Saudi Arabia, is in a serious condition but said his health is improving.

The 59-year-old leader was taken to hospital in the Saudi capital Riyadh on October 24 but his condition has now “greatly improved” and he is “recovering most of his functions,” presidency spokesman Ike Ngouoni said.

Lack of official news — along with memories of the secrecy-shrouded death of Bongo’s father Omar Bongo in 2009 — had sparked numerous rumours, including suggestions he was incapacitated or dead.

Following discomfort and “persistent vertigo… the first tests revealed bleeding which justified medical surgical care in a highly specialised sector,” according to a…

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