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Staying alive: world leaders who have had to prove they haven't died

Ali Bongo, the president of Gabon, has become the latest leader forced to dispel rumours of his death
Ali Bongo has appeared in a video drinking milk. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images

It is one of the stranger occupational hazards for world leaders: that at some point in their career they may have to deny reports of their own death.

Just one day after the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari denied claims he had died and been replaced by a Sudanese impostor “clone”, another world leader has been forced to address rumours of his demise.

Ali Bongo, the president of

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