Gabonese hunger strike official hospital fed: spokesman

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A Gabonese government adviser on a hunger strike in protest against the presence of French troops in his country has had a third spell in hospital, his spokesman said on Friday.

Roland Desire Aba'a launched his protest against the former colonial power on July 14, Bastille Day in France, when he attached himself to a Gabonese flag in Libreville's Independence Square.

Spokesman Jean-Jacques Evouna said he was drip fed during a six-day hospital stay before being discharged three days ago.

"Doctors fear a significant deterioration in his heath," he said, adding that Aba'a had vowed to continue his fasting protest.

Aba'a, a member of the national economic and social council, was previously hospitalised at the end of July and again in mid-August.

Around 900 troops make up the French mission in Gabon. President Ali Bongo signed a new defence agreement with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy in February last year.

© 2011 AFP

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