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Gabon president back in Morocco after short stay in Libreville



Gabon President , Ali Bongo , returned to medical leave in Morocco after a brief visit to Libreville where he appeared in a wheelchair on state TV following his stroke in 2018 , a government source said on Thursday .
Since Bongo fell ill in Saudi Arabia on October 24 , contradictory information on the state of his health and an extended convalescence in Morocco have fueled instability back in Gabon, where his family has ruled for over 50 years .

Frustration boiled over when a small band of soldiers briefly took over state radio last week and called for him to step aside .
In an apparent effort to shore up his political base after a failed coup attempt , Bongo flew back to Gabon on Monday to swear in a new government.

From televised footage of the ceremony it was not clear if he could walk or move his right arm .

A government source on Thursday said Bongo returned to Morocco to continue his rehabilitation but did not give further details .

The president had previously appeared in a televised New Year ’ s address in which he slurred his speech .

Ali Bongo took over the presidency upon his father Omar ’ s death in 2009 .

He won re – election in 2016 by fewer than 6 , 000 votes amid widespread accusations of fraud, sparking deadly clashes between protesters and police during which the parliament was torched .

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( Reuters / NAN )