July 25, 2024

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

Buhari mourns Ivorian Prime Ministern Amadou Gon Coulibaly
Buhari mourns Ivorian Prime Ministern Amadou Gon Coulibaly

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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