Gabon’s former president Ali Bongo, who was ousted in a coup, has been freed by the head of the military junta general Brice Oligui Nguema.
General Nguema, in a statement on Wednesday on state television said Bongo now has freedom of movement and can travel abroad if he wishes.
Part of the reason for his freedom according to the statement is for Bongo to carry out medical checks for his failing health abroad.
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Bongo suffered a serious stroke in October 2018 which left him physically impaired, with particular difficulty moving his right leg and arm.
Bongo who was in power for 14 years, had been under house arrest since the military coup of August 30, carried out without bloodshed less than an hour after his party proclaimed his re-election in a vote described as fraudulent by the coupists.