Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister and presidential candidate for ruling party Amadou Gon Coulibaly dies after ministerial meeting

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Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister and presidential candidate for the ruling party Amadou Gon Coulibaly has died after falling ill at a ministerial meeting. He was 61.

Gon Coulibaly had been chosen as the ruling party’s candidate for October’s presidential election after President Alassane Ouattara said he would not seek a third term in office. President Ouattara said the country was in mourning.

He had only just returned from France where he had received two-months’ heart treatment.

The President said Mr Gon Coulibaly had become unwell during a weekly cabinet meeting and was taken to hospital where he later died.

He had received a heart transplant in 2012 and had travelled to Paris on 2 May 2, 2020, for the insertion of a stent.

His death creates huge uncertainty over the election.

Reports said he returned last Thursday saying: “I am back to take my place by the side of the president, to continue the task of developing and building our country.”

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