Prime Minister Gon Coulibaly of Ivory Coast dies at 61, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Ivory Coast’s prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly as well as the ruling party’s candidate for the next presidential election, is dead.
Alassane Ouattara, the president of Ivory Coast made the announcement as regards his death.
“Fellow compatriots, Ivory Coast is mourning. It is with deep pain that I announce to you that Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly has left us,” Ouattara said in a statement read on national television by the presidency’s secretary-general on Wednesday, July 8.
“I salute the memory of a statesman, a man of great loyalty, dedication and love for his homeland,” added Ouattara.
Officials said Coulibaly was unwell during a ministerial meeting at the presidential palace in Abidjan and was rushed to a hospital where he passed away.
Gon Coulibaly was aged 61years.
Gon Coulibaly who had recently returned to Ivory Coast last Thursday after undergoing medical treatment for two months in France. Local media have speculated that the medical treatment was related to his 2012 heart transplant.
He was expected to be RHDP presidential candidate in March after president Ouattara announced that he would not seek a third term.
Coulibaly served as Secretary General of the presidency for 6years, and the serving prime minister since January 2017 till his death.