THE PRIME Minister of Ivory Coast, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, a candidate for president in a coming election, died suddenly, the country’s president announced on July 8.
His sudden death now casts uncertainty on the West African country’s presidential election in three months, in which he was to be the ruling party’s candidate. The cause of death was not immediately clear.
I salute the memory of a statesman, of great loyalty, devotion and love for the homeland.
He died following a Cabinet meeting in the afternoon, soon after having returned from France, where he had spent two months receiving medical treatment for a heart condition.
In a statement, President Alassane Ouattara said the nation was in mourning over Coulibaly’s death, which occurred shortly after he attended a cabinet meeting in the Presidential Palace.
On Twitter, President Ouattara said, “I salute the memory of a statesman, of great loyalty, devotion and love for the homeland. He embodied this young generation of Ivorian leaders of great skill and extreme loyalty to the Nation.”