After weeks of speculations, officials in Gabon have now stated that the country’s leader Ali Bongo is seriously ill.
Bongo’s spokesman, Ike Ngouoni has clarified that his boss although ill is recovering.
On Thursday senior officials in Gabon’s ruling party called on the government to clarify the condition of President Ali Bongo.
Mr. Bongo has been in hospital in Saudi Arabia since October 24 after visiting the country to attend an economic forum.
There have been speculations about what his illness is with reports claiming the 59 year old suffered a stroke.
Ike Ngouoni says President Bongo was “recovering all of his physical abilities”. He added that the President suffered “bleeding which required medical care”.
Bongo became President in 2009 taking over from his father Omar Bongo. His father had been president for more than 40 years.
This year a new constitution was adopted in Gabon scrapping the country’s presidential term limit of two seven-year term.
The new constitution received overwhelming votes from members of Gabon’s national assembly. This means Gabon’s President Ali Bongo could remain in power without any limit.