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Gabon : Justice rejects request for medical expertise on Ali Bongo

The Libreville Court of First Instance dismissed the petition filed at the end of March by the collective "Appel à agir", which requested a medical report from Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba, to determine his ability to perform his duties after his stroke in October 2018.
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05/06/2019 - 17:13
Mike Biya
Rédacteur cameroun-online

The request "is inadmissible and there is no need to authorize (the applicants) to assign the President of the Republic before us," said the court of first instance Libreville. The court also recalled that only the government or failing both chambers of Parliament can appeal to the Constitutional Court to find "the vacancy of the presidency of the Republic or permanent impediment of its owner."

The request was introduced last March 28, by the collective "Call to act", close to the opposition. The platform is composed of 10 politicians and civil society. They are Placide Aubiang Nzeh, Noël Bertrand Boundzanga, Franck Ndjimbi, Nicolas Nguema, Jean Gaspard Ntoutoume Ayi, Angel Kévin Nzigou, Marc Ona Essangui, Edgard Owono, Maxime Minault Zima and Dame Elza Ritchuelle Boukandou.

All are convinced that the Gabonese president is no longer able to govern. Claiming "medical expertise on Ali Bongo" after his stroke on October 24, 2018 that would have weakened him.

Also, they had called for the "appointment of a medical specialist in neurology with the mission of establishing the state of health of the President of the Republic of Gabon, Ali Bongo, and precisely define the state of physical and mental faculties as well as his ability to fully exercise his function as President of the Republic. "

The collective denounced an arbitrary decision. "This court decision reinforces our doubt about Ali Bongo's ability to still assume his presidential duties," reacted Marc Ona Essangui, opponent of the Libreville regime.

"We knew very well that in doing this act, justice would make this decision, simply because those who do justice in Gabon are under the dictate of regime," he added.

As a reminder, the head of the Gabonese state suffered a stroke last October 24 in Riyadh Saudi Arabia, spent several months in Rabat, Morocco for his convalescence. Before returning to Libreville on March 23, 2019, five months after his accident. Since then, Ali Bongo faces a revolt of the opposition which denounces a weakening of its physiological capacities and thus, its incapacity to govern.

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