The shadow cupboard: From Ali’s stroke to the autumn of the Bongos

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THE FALL OF THE BONGO EMPIRE (4/5). Whereas attending an funding convention in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the president suffered a stroke on 24 October 2018. His spouse, Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, instantly tried to take the reins. Gagging the palace, she assured a privileged few that the president was solely affected by “slight fatigue”. In actuality, Ali, who had undergone an operation, was critically ailing. The primary woman and her son wished to have him transferred to England. One other faction, made up of members of the federal government, the household and the Ngouoni clan, opposed this plan.

Constitutional Courtroom president Marie-Madeleine Mborantsuo campaigned for Ali to be hospitalised in Morocco. Prime Minister Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet, in addition to ministers Etienne Massard (defence) and Lambert Matha (dwelling affairs), additionally felt that London didn’t supply sufficient safety. The conferences went on and on. Tempers

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