LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Gabon’s ailing President Ali Bongo Ondimba has returned to Morocco to continue his recovery after a brief visit home, an official and a relative said Thursday.
The relative said Bongo returned to Morocco late Tuesday after swearing in a new government. A Cabinet member confirmed it. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.
The Cabinet member said Bongo’s recovery from a reported stroke has been strong.
Bongo had been out of the country since October, and his brief return came a week after a Jan. 7 attempted coup by officers with the Republican Guard.
The opposition has expressed concern about Bongo’s ability to lead the oil-rich Central African nation and has asked that a vacancy of power be declared.
Omar Bongo, the president’s father, led Gabon for 41 years and died in 2009. His son succeeded him after a disputed election and was re-elected in 2016 for a renewable seven-year term.
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