The head of Gabonese diplomacy, Michael Moussa Adamo, died Friday in Libreville following a heart attack while waiting to enter the Council of Ministers, announced the government and a source of the presidency to AFP .
This very close to President Ali Bongo Ondimba for more than 30 years “was the victim of a heart attack” and, “despite the efforts of specialists”, could not be resuscitated, according to a brief statement from the government.
Mr. Moussa Adamo, 62, “had sat in the waiting room” just before the start of the Council of Ministers, “in the presence of some of his government colleagues, and began to feel bad”, specified to AFP a source close to the presidential palace.
Rushed “unconscious” to a military hospital and placed in intensive care, he succumbed shortly after noon, according to this source, who requested anonymity.
“He was a very great diplomat, a true statesman. For me, he was first of all a friend, loyal and faithful, on whom I could always count. It’s a huge loss for Gabon”, reacted on Twitter President Bongo.
Born on January 10, 1961 in Makokou, in the northeast, Michael Moussa Adamo began his career in 1981 as a presenter on national television.
Holder of a master’s degree in international relations and communication at Boston University, he was appointed in 2000 chief of staff to the Minister of Defense, the current head of state.
When the latter was elected president on the death of his father Omar Bongo Ondimba in 2009, after more than 41 years in power, Mr. Moussa Adamo became his special adviser and confidant in the presidential palace for several years.
After 10 years as Gabon’s ambassador to the United States (2011-2020), he became Minister of Defense in July 2020 then of Foreign Affairs in March 2022.
Michael Moussa Adamo had just been reappointed as head of diplomacy on January 9 when Mr. Bongo appointed a new Prime Minister, Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nze, in one of the frequent ministerial reshuffles that have taken place in recent years in this small oil-rich central African state.
“The medical team at the presidential palace took care of him immediately after his illness. He had to be transported unconscious by ambulance to the Omar Bongo Ondimba military hospital where he was placed in intensive care but, despite the efforts of specialists, the death was recorded at 12:12 p.m. “, detailed the presidential source.
Gabon has entered an election year with presidential, legislative and local elections in the summer of 2023.
Ali Bongo, victim in October 2018 of a stroke which had kept him away from the political scene for many months, has not yet applied for a third term, but there is little doubt that his all-powerful Gabonese Democratic Party (PDG) having announced on numerous occasions that he was its “natural candidate”.