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[Video] Gabon President Ali Bongo calls for smaller cabinet in first TV speech since 2018 stroke

Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba’s made his first televised speech since suffering a stroke and called for the Prime Minister to appoint a smaller cabinet. previously reported that Gabon President Ali Bongo suffered from a stroke while in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 24 October 2018.

In the recorded speech televised on Saturday, 8 June 2019, Bongo, 60 called for a new government that is “exemplary, honest and ethical”.

Last month Bongo fired his vice president and forestry minister over a scandal involving the smuggling of precious timber.

The speech came as Gabon marked the 10-year anniversary of the death of Bongo’s father, Omar Bongo, who ruled the country before him for 41 years.

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