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Gabon president 'back in Morocco'

Gabon's President Ali Bongo has returned to Morocco to continue his rehabilitation, a government source told Reuters news agency.

It is less than 48 hours after he returned to the Gabonese capital Libreville.

Mr Bongo returned Gabon on Tuesday - just over a week after an attempted coup - ahead of a ceremony where a new cabinet was sworn in.

While he was still in Gabon, he was pictured at the swearing-in:

Swearing in
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The president was pictured sitting down

Mr Bongo, who has been out of the country for two months, reportedly suffered a stroke in October and received treatment in Morocco.

He sought to put an end to the rumours about his health with a televised New Year message in which he said he was feeling fine.

Soldiers said they had been disappointed by the message, calling it "a pitiful sight" and a "relentless attempt to cling onto power."

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Meme makes fun of Gabon's attempted coup

Remember this picture of Gabon's coup plotters from earlier this week?

Gabonese soldiers
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It's taken from this video of soldiers in Gabon taking over the state radio station and urging other soldiers and civilians to "rise up" against the ruling government.

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The attempted coup was quickly foiled, but the image has left a lasting impression.

One Togolese tweeter notes that people have been mocking up their own versions of the photo:

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Gabon coup attempt: What happened?
The BBC's Mayeni Jones breaks down the attempted coup against President Ali Bongo on 7 January.