On Friday, Gabonese Foreign Minister Michael Moussa Adamo died suddenly in Libreville at the age of 62.
Close to President Ali Bongo Ondimba for more than thirty years, the head of diplomacy "was the victim of a heart attack" during a Council of Ministers and, "despite the efforts of specialists", could not be resuscitated. , says the government in a brief statement.
Michael Moussa Adamo "sat down at the start of the Council of Ministers and started to feel bad," said 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.
Former Ambassador of Gabon to the United States
“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 is a huge loss for Gabon,” President Bongo reacted on Twitter.
Born on January 10, 1961 in Makokou, in the Northeast, Michael Moussa Adamo, holder of a master's degree in international relations and communication from Boston University, began his political career in 2000 as chief of staff to the minister 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, Michael 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.
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