Gabon questions opposition chief's health

2012-08-29 10:46
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Libreville - Gabon's interior minister called on Monday for a medical commission to examine opposition leader Andre Mba Obame's physical and mental health, amid tensions sparked by his return from medical exile.

"If it is proven that [Mba Obame] is not in possession of all his physical and mental faculties, we will invite him to evacuate" the country, said Interior Minister Jean Francois Ndongou in a statement.

Mba Obame returned to Gabon on August 11 from 14 months abroad recovering from health problems.

His return has unleashed tensions in Libreville as thousands of supporters of his dissolved National Union (UN) have attended rallies in his support, sparking clashes between stone-throwing demonstrators and police at one banned protest.

Leadership spat

Mba Obame claims he is the country's rightful leader and that he won a 2009 election against current President Ali Bongo Ondimba.

"The partisans of the ex-UN want to bring the Arab Spring to Gabon, but the political, economic and social situation is different," the interior minister said.

Mba Obame last week had a public spat with Libreville's prosecutor, who had called for him to be brought in for questioning by the authorities.

"Let them come. Go on. I dare them," he replied.
 
- SAPA
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