Ivory Coast PM, 61, Passes Away

Amadou Gon Coulibaly, the prime minister of the Ivory Coast, has passed away at the age of 61.

Current president of the West African country, Alassane Ouattara, confirmed the news in a statement.

He said: “I am deeply saddened to announce that Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, the head of government, left us early this afternoon [Wednesday, 8 July] after taking part in the Council of Ministers [sic].”

According to reports, Coulibaly became unwell during this weekly meeting and was taken to a local hospital the same day, where he later died.

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

Coulibaly’s death has cast a shadow upon the presidential elections, which are set to take place in October – the sexagenarian was handpicked by Ouattara as the representative candidate of the ruling party, Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace.

It is currently unknown who will now represent the party of President Ouattara, who will be stepping down after his second term in office.

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