Ivory Coast Prime Minister, Coulibaly Dies At 61

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Gon Coulibaly, Prime Minister of Ivory Coast, has died at the age of 61.

Patrick Achi, presidential spokesman, in a statement today, said Coulibaly fell I’ll while the  cabinet meeting was ongoing, and was evacuated to a hospital where he passed away.

Naija News had learnt that President Alassane Ouattara had nominated Coulibaly to succeed him later this year.

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He was nominated under the ruling Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace Party (RHDPP) in March.

He had returned to the country from France, after a prolonged stay on July 2.

NaijaNews understands th

He had traveled regularly to France since having a heart surgery in 2012.

Despite his prolonged hospitalisation in Paris, the ruling party’s executive director had said there was no “plan B” to Coulibaly.

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When he returned to the country last Thursday, he had said: “I am back to take my place by the side of the president, to continue the task of developing and building our country.

Ivory Coast now has four months to nominate a successor to the outgoing president.

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