Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Ivory Coast PM and presidential candidate, passes away after Cabinet meeting

The 61-year-old, who had heart surgery in 2012, became unwell during a weekly Cabinet meeting and was evacuated to a hospital where he breathed his last

Reuters July 09, 2020 08:11:43 IST
Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Ivory Coast PM and presidential candidate, passes away after Cabinet meeting

Abidjan: Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Ivory Coast's prime minister and the ruling party's candidate for an October presidential election, died on Wednesday, President Alassane Ouattara 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, Ouattara said in a statement on national television.

Gon Coulibaly had returned to Ivory Coast last Thursday after two months in France to undergo a heart exam and rest.

"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 by the presidency's secretary general.

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

Ouattara's first win in 2010 over incumbent Laurent Gbagbo sparked a brief civil war in which about 3,000 people died, and political tensions have been rising ahead of October's poll.

Ouattara designated Gon Coulibaly as the RHDP candidate in March after announcing that he would not seek a third term.

 

Updated Date:

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

EU poised to secure Sanofi deal for coronavirus vaccine
Business

EU poised to secure Sanofi deal for coronavirus vaccine

By Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union's executive on Friday wrapped up preliminary talks with French drugmaker Sanofi aimed at securing its COVID-19 vaccine for the 27-country EU bloc, the latest deal with vaccine producers. Armed with an emergency fund of more than 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion), the European Commission wants to strike deals with up to six drugmakers for their vaccines for their 450 million citizens against the coronavirus that has killed 674,000 people worldwide

U.S. consumer spending presses ahead; declining income poses challenge
Business

U.S. consumer spending presses ahead; declining income poses challenge

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending increased for a second straight month in June, setting up consumption for a rebound in the third quarter, though the recovery could be limited by a resurgence in COVID-19 cases and the end of expanded unemployment benefits.

U.S. imposes sanctions on Chinese company over abuse of Uighurs
Business

U.S. imposes sanctions on Chinese company over abuse of Uighurs

By Steve Holland and Daphne Psaledakis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States intensified its economic pressure on China's Xinjiang province on Friday, imposing sanctions on a powerful Chinese company and two officials for what it said were human rights abuses against Uighurs and other ethnic minorities. The move, the latest blow to U.S.-China relations, came a week after U.S