Gabon: Brutal death of Foreign Minister Michaël Moussa Adamo

Gabon: Brutal death of Foreign Minister Michaël Moussa Adamo

Published on: 01/20/2023 – 17:15

Gabonese Foreign Minister Michaël Moussa Adamo died this Friday, January 20, 2023, at the age of 62 in Libreville after suffering a heart attack during the Council of Ministers, the government said. Since March 2022, Michaël Moussa Adamo, a close friend of Ali Bongo, has headed Gabonese diplomacy.

The Gabonese government announced the “death this Friday, January 20, 2023, of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Michaël Moussa Adamo, victim of a heart attack”.

It was President Ali Bongo who announced the news to the Gabons in a press release that Prime Minister Alain Claude Bilie By Nze read on television. Michel Moussa suffered a heart attack in a waiting room at the Presidential Palace where he had gone to a meeting of the Council of Ministers, reports our correspondent in Libreville, Yves Laurent Goma.

“He was quickly attended to by the medical teams and taken by ambulance to the Omar Bongo Ondimba Army Teaching Hospital. Admitted to the intensive care unit and despite the efforts of specialists, the death was registered at 12:12 today, ”says a communicates the government. Several members of the government and angry relatives sat by his bed.

“It’s a great loss for Gabon”

Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba was quick to pay tribute to him on tweeter: “Our Foreign Minister Michael Moussa Adamo departed today. He was a very great diplomat, a true statesman. For me he was first and foremost a friend, loyal and loyal, whom I could always count on. It’s a great loss for Gabon. »

The new Prime Minister Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nze also welcomed Michaël Moussa Adamo. “Gabon mourns,” he tweeted. I offer the government’s condolences and sympathy to the bereaved.”

Michaël Moussa Adamo began his career in 1981 as a journalist. A year later he was admitted to Boston University in the United States, where he received a master’s degree in International Relations and Communications.

In 2000, he was appointed chief of staff to then Defense Minister Ali Bongo. An open and sincere friendship developed between the two men. When Ali Bongo is elected President of Gabon, Michaël Moussa is promoted to special adviser. In 2011 he was appointed Ambassador of Gabon to the United States, a position he resigned in January 2020 when he was appointed to the government as Secretary of Defense. In March 2022 he will become foreign minister.