The speculations about the health of Gabon's president, Ali Bongo - with many circulating rumors of his death, has been laid to rest since photos of him and the king of Morocco, Mohammed VI who visited the president at the Rabat Hospital in Morocco after he was flown into the country from the King Fahd hospital, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to continue his medical recuperation were released.
The royal palace of Morocco shared the photos of the two leaders yesterday having a discussion and this will come as a relief to many back home who have continued to call for tangible reports on the president's health and proof of life.
You will recall that Ali Bongo was hospitalized in the King Fahd hospital in the Saudi Arabia capital, Riyadh. He was in the country to attend an investment summit, but was rushed to the hospital for what his aides said was as a result of fatigue.
However, a News agency - Reuters quoted sources that claimed he had been hit by a stroke.
There is still no information on what really happened to Ali Bongo and how long he will remain in Morocco before returning to Gabon, but the proof that the president is alive is enough information for now.
Timeline of Ali Bongo’s hospitalization
October 25 – Ali Bongo admitted to the King Fahd hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – source at presidency tells Jeune Afrique.
October 29 – Government confirms hospitalization, warns against spread of fake news
October 31 – Cameroon channel banned for six-months for reporting Bongo’s death
November 11 – Bongo recovering his faculties, remains in charge – Presidency
November 14 – Opposition demands clarity on Bongo’s health
November 15 – Constitutional Court orders veep to chair cabinet meeting in Bongo’s absence
November 21 – Jeune Afrique reports Bongo to convalesce in London
November 24 – Venue of convalescence changes from London to Rabat
November 29 – Ali Bongo is flown to a Moroccan facility for medical recovery
Header Image Credit: Royal palace, Morocco