Ivory Coast prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly dies at 61

9 July 2020
2020-07-09 12:25

Gon Coulibaly, Ivory Coast's prime minister and the ruling party's candidate for an October presidential election, died on Wednesday, the President said. The 61-year-old Gon Coulibaly, who had heart surgery in 2012, became unwell during a weekly cabinet meeting and was evacuated to a hospital where he passed away, the president said in a statement read on national television. Gon Coulibaly had returned to Ivory Coast on July 2 after two months in France to undergo a heart exam and rest.

Gon Coulibaly's death is likely to set off a mess up within the ruling RHDP party to replace him as its candidate in an election that is considered a key test of stability for the world's top cocoa producer.

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