- Amadou Gon Coulibaly, the prime minister of Ivory Coast has died at the age of 61
- Coulibaly's death was confirmed by the secretary-general in the presidency, Patrick Achi in a statement
- The prime minister's death is coming less than a week after he returned from medical leave
Ivory Coast has been thrown into mourning following the death of its prime minister, Amadou Gon Coulibaly. He was 61 years old.
According to Bloomberg, Coulibaly passed away on Wednesday, July 8, after attending a cabinet meeting. The secretary-general in the presidency, Patrick Achi, disclosed this in a statement on national television.
Coulibaly's death leaves his political party four months to nominate a successor after the prime minister was picked by the President of Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara to succeed him.
Before his death, the deceased was nominated by the Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace party as its presidential candidate back in March.
The unfortunate passing of the Ivorian prime minister is coming less than a week after he returned from a two-month medical trip to France. Coulibaly has been traveling to the European country to receive treatment after he had heart surgery in 2012.
Coulibaly before his appointment as prime minister back in 2017, served as an agriculture minister from 2002 to 2010 and secretary-general of the presidency from 2011 to 2017.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Jacques Joachim Yhombi Opango, a former president of the Republic of Congo has died of coronavirus in France.
Opango died on Monday, March 30, at the age of 81. The former president had been ill before he contracted the deadly virus which is spreading across the world like raging wildfire.
He was an army officer who became the Republic of Congo's first general and served as its head of state from 1977 to 1979. He also served as prime minister from 1993 to 1996 and remained in exile between 1997 and 2007.
In a related development, James Kolo, who was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari as a commissioner of the Federal Character Commission (FCC) from Kwara state has died.
The Kwara state government disclosed in a statement that Kolo died suddenly on Tuesday morning, May 19, after falling ill.
Before his death, the deceased had appeared before the Senate for screening after he was nominated by the president on April 28 as one of the commissioners of the Federal Character Commission.
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