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Gabon’s Ali Bongo resumes duties after his return

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President Ali Bongo

Bongo reshuffled his government days after some soldiers stormed the national radio building to announce the seizure of power.

Gabon’s President Ali Bongo who has been away due to illness has returned home to swear in his new government.

The President however did not make any statements at Tuesday’s swearing-in.

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Bongo reshuffled his government days after some soldiers stormed the national radio building to announce the seizure of power.

Two soldiers who took part in that foiled couphave been killed, with some arrests also made.

President Ali Bongo’s absence after suffering stroke last year during a trip to Saudi Arabia plunged the country into governance crisis.

The lack of an effective government since Bongo’s absence led to the Constitutional Court modifying the constitution to address the scenario of “temporary incapacity” by the head of state.

But Minister of Economy Jean Marie Ogandaga says Bongo’s “presence is a sigh of relief for the economy of our country. It must reassure businessmen.”

President Bongo returned to Gabon from Morocco, where he had been recovering from the stroke he suffered last October.

Bongo’s return is considered crucial in helping him solidify power after the foiled coup.

Ali Bongo became President in 2009 taking over from his father Omar Bongo. His father had been president for more than 40 years.

Source: Africafeeds.com

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