The absence of the Gabonese president at the 12th Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State of the African Union (AU), which has been held since Sunday in Niamey, Niger, raises questions.
How to explain that Ali Bongo, who is declared fully recovered from his stroke on October 24, 2018, could miss such an important event as the official launch of the continental economic free trade zone, Zlec?
Apart from Paul Biya, who is still absent from the African summits, all the Presidents of Central Africa were very present with other leaders of sub-Saharan Africa: the Nigerian, Mahamadou Issoufou, Abdel-Fattah Al Sissi, President of Egypt and current AU Chair, Félix Tshisekedi from the DRC, Denis-Sassou Nguesso from Congo-Brazzaville, Idriss Deby Itno from Chad, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo from Equatorial Guinea, Alassane Ouattara from Côte d’Ivoire, Nana Akufo -Addo from Ghana, Rock Marc Christian Kaboré from Burkina Faso, Alpha Condé from Guinea Conakry, Macky Sall from Senegal, Faure Gnassingbé from Togo and Adama Barrow from Gambia, Paul Kagame from Rwanda, Ismail Omar Guelleh from Djibouti, Cyril Ramphosa from South Africa, Patrice Talon from Benin.
Inside the country, several personalities announce that Ali Bongo is already dead. Opponent Jean Ping’s CNR also reacted to Jean Remy Yama’s remarks revealing Ali Bongo’s health.
“The communication of the Minister of the Interior and Justice Keeper of the Seals by which the latter considered that it was without foundation “, recalls that
” the information on the death of Mr. Ali BONGO ONDIMBA has been many once mentioned by many foreign media and political personalities, without the government being moved “, says the coalition.
The CNR believes that the statement of Mr. Jean Rémy YAMA reflects the exasperation of the people and the workers face the absence of an interlocutor capable of providing answers to their demands.
The coalition adds that these remarks that made the authorities leap “express the general feeling of the majority of Gabonese about the soft focus that the putschist power maintains on the presence of Ali Bongo in Gabon and on its ability to fully perform the functions” .