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Michael Moussa Adamo, Gabon’s Foreign Minister, suffered a heart attack and died while waiting to enter a cabinet meeting.

Michael Moussa Adamo, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Gabon passed away this morning, Friday the 20th of January. According to a presidential source, the 62-year-old was waiting to enter a cabinet meeting when he suffered a heart attack and died.

In a brief statement, the country’s government located on the Atlantic coast of Central Africa reported that Adamo died “despite the efforts of specialists to revive him.”

Talking with him AFP The news agency was told by an anonymous source at the presidential palace that just before the meeting began, the minister “sat in the waiting room in the presence of some of his government colleagues and began to feel unwell.”

“The medical team at the presidential palace welcomed him immediately after his illness. He had to be taken unconscious by ambulance to the omar bongo ondimba military hospital where he was placed in resuscitation but, despite the efforts of the specialists, death was noted at 12:12 pm (11:12 GMT)”, revealed the anonymous source.

The politician was a close ally of Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who tweeted: “Our Foreign Minister, Michael Moussa Adamo, departed today. He was a great diplomat, a true statesman. For me he was above all a friend, loyal and faithful, with whom I could always count. This is a great loss for the #Gabon . #RIP”.

President Bongo was Gabon’s defense minister when Moussa Adamo became his chief of staff in 2000. After the 2009 death of President Omar Bongo Ondimba, Bongo was elected the country’s new leader. He subsequently named Adamo his special adviser.

He served as Gabon’s ambassador to the United States for 10 years until he was promoted to defense minister in 2020. In March 2022, a further promotion saw Adamo rise to the post of foreign minister.

Recently, on January 9, after a cabinet reshuffle, Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nze was appointed Prime Minister of Gabon and Adamo was reappointed Minister of Foreign Affairs, as reported insiderpaper.com.

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