Gabon’s foreign minister Michael Adamo dies while attending a government meeting

Gabon’s Foreign Minister Michael Moussa Adamo is dead. Mr Adamo died of a heart attack on Friday while waiting to attend a government meeting in Libreville, sources said.

President Ali Bongo Ondimba confirmed Adamo’s death in a tweet. He described Mr. Adamo as a great diplomat and veritable statesman.

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“For me he was first and foremost a friend, loyal and faithful, whom I have always been able to trust. It is a huge loss for Gabon,” Bongo said on Friday.

Moussa Adamo, 62, a longtime ally of President Ali Bongo Ondimba, suffered a heart attack and died “despite the efforts of specialists” to revive him, the government said in a brief statement.

He “sat down in the waiting room” just before the start of the cabinet meeting “in the presence of some of his cabinet colleagues and started to feel bad,” a source close to the presidential palace told AFP.

He was taken to a military hospital while unconscious but died shortly after noon (1100 GMT), the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Moussa Adamo was born in the northeastern city of Makokou in 1961 and started as a presenter on national television.

In 2000, he was appointed Chief of Staff to the Minister of Defence, who was then Bongo.

When Bongo was elected president following the death of his father Omar Bongo Ondimba in 2009, Moussa Adamo served as his special adviser.

After a decade as Gabon’s ambassador to the United States until 2020, he first became defense minister and then foreign minister last March.

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