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

The President of the Republic of Gabon, Ali Bongo announced the news to Gabonese in a press release read on television by the Prime Minister, Alain Claude Bilie By Nze.

According to the statement, Michael Moussa suffered a heart attack in a waiting room of the presidential palace where he had gone for a meeting of the Council of Ministers.

Gabonese President Ali Bongo Ondimba quickly paid tribute to him on Tweeter: “Our Minister of Foreign Affairs, Michael Moussa Adamo, left today. 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.”

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Michael 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 obtained a master’s degree in international relations and communication.

In the year 2000, he was appointed chief of staff to the Minister of Defense who was none other than Ali Bongo at the time. A frank and sincere friendship was born between the two men. When Ali Bongo is elected president of Gabon, Michael Moussa was promoted to special adviser.

In 2011, he was appointed Gabon’s ambassador to the United States, a post he left in January 2020 when he was called to the government as Minister of Defense. He becomes Minister of Foreign Affairs in March 2022.