The head of state, who suffered a stroke more than 11 months ago, had appeared a little more often in public since his return two weeks ago from private hospital in London where he underwent “routine medical examinations” and “continued his rehabilitation”.
“You can not know how happy it is for me to be among you,” Ali Bongo told fans who chanted his name. “I had been dreaming about this moment for quite some time and it happened (…), we have to thank God and I also want to thank you all for the support you gave me, especially during difficult times,” he said. he continued, obviously moved. “I’m here,” he hammered four times, before concluding, “I’m here and I’ll always be there.”
Watch a video below of him struggling to walk with the aid of a walking stick:
Gabon's President Ali Bongo, who suffered from a stroke, campaigning and asking the crowd to vote for him for President again in 2023.
He has ruled since 2009. His dad, Omar Bongo was the President for 42 years (1967 – 2009). pic.twitter.com/aJ8YMpzLVB
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