Ousted president Ali Bongo ‘free to go abroad’ – Gabon military

Ali Bongo has been in power for 14 years, since taking over after the death of his father Omar Bongo in 2009

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Ousted Gabon President Ali Bongo is free to leave the country and travel abroad, this is according to the leader of the coup that toppled him.

“He has freedom of movement… and can travel abroad if he wishes,” general Brice Oligui Nguema said in a statement read on state television on Wednesday, September 6.

Bongo, in power for 14 years, had been under house arrest since the military coup of August 30.

Gabon’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba listens to French President Emmanuel Macron (not seen) during a bilateral meeting at Presidential Palace in Libreville, on March 1, 2023. – Gabon’s former president Ali Bongo, who was ousted in a putsch, is free to leave the country and travel abroad, the leader of the coup that toppled him said on September 6, 2023. PHOTO/AFP

The bloodless coup was carried out less than an hour after Bongo’s party proclaimed his re-election in a vote described as fraudulent by the coup plotters.

Ali Bongo health issues

“Given his state of health, the former President of the Republic Ali Bongo Ondimba has freedom of movement. He can travel abroad if he wishes to carry out his medical checks,” Colonel Ulrich Manfoumbi Manfoumbi said, reading a press release signed by Oligui – the now transitional president.

Bongo suffered a serious stroke in October 2018 which left him physically impaired, with particular difficulty moving his right leg and arm.

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