Coup: Ali Bongo of Gabon released to travel abroad.

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The leaders of the military coup in Gabon have released ousted President Ali Bongo and granted him permission to fly overseas for medical treatment.

According to CNN, Col. Ulrich Manfoumbi, the junta’s spokesperson, announced this on state television on Wednesday.

The leaders of the military coup in Gabon have released ousted President Ali Bongo and granted him permission to fly overseas for medical treatment.

According to CNN, Col. Ulrich Manfoumbi, the junta’s spokesperson, announced this on state television on Wednesday.

Since the coup in the country of Central Africa in late August, Bongo is apparently being kept under house arrest.

“Given his state of health, the former President of the Republic Ali Bongo Ondimba is free to move about. He may, if he wishes, travel abroad to receive medical check-ups,” junta spokesperson Col. Ulrich Manfoumbi said on state television, reading a statement from transitional leader Gen. Brice Oligui Nguema.

The transitional leader Gen Brice Oligui Nguema-led junta also released images showing Bongo greeting Abdou Abarry, head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa, at Bongo’s residence in the capital Libreville.

The deposed Gabonese leader has been rarely seen since the coup. Shortly after his overthrow, a video surfaced of him appealing to supporters to “make noise” after military officers placed him on house arrest.

“The people here have arrested me… I’m in the residence… I don’t know what is going on,” he said in the footage.

Bongo, 64, suffered a stroke in 2018 and spent months outside Gabon, receiving treatment in Morocco raising questions about whether he was fit to continue as president, triggering an unsuccessful coup in 2019.

He had been in power for 14 years since succeeding his father Omar Bongo in 2009 and sought another term in last month’s disputed elections.

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