Ali Bongo, who was deposed as president of Gabon, has been released from house arrest by the military junta.
After eight days of being confined, the military leaders have stated that Bongo can now leave the country for medical treatment.
Bongo’s removal as president occurred on the same day that the electoral umpire declared his re-election for a third term in office.
On Monday, Brice Nguema, an army general who led the coup, was sworn in as interim president.
Nguema who is Bongo’s cousin, served as a bodyguard to Bongo’s late father and also headed the country’s republican guard, an elite military unit.
The statement announcing Bongo’s release from house arrest was signed by Nguema.
“Given his state of health, the former President of the Republic Ali Bongo Ondimba is free to move about,” Ulrich Manfoumbi, the military spokesperson, said in the statement read on national television on Wednesday evening.
“He may, if he wishes, travel abroad for medical checkups.”
Bongo became president when Omar, his father, died after ruling from 1967 to 2009.
The military is yet to announce a transition to civilian rule programme.
SOURCE: The Cable