Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly has died, the country’s President announced on Wednesday afternoon, which occurred shortly after he attended a cabinet meeting in the Presidential Palace.
Coulibaly, 61, had been chosen to run as the ruling party’s candidate in this year’s October presidential election. He had just recently returned from a two-month stay in France where he had been undergoing health check-ups.
The President, Alassane Ouattara, 78, paid tribute to the colleague he called “my little brother, my son,” in a message on twitter. He wrote “I pay tribute to my younger brother, my son, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who was, for thirty years, my closest collaborator. I salute the memory of a statesman, of great loyalty, devotion and love for the Fatherland. He embodied this young generation of Ivorian executives of great skill and extreme loyalty to the Nation.” This he wrote in his mother language.
Amadou Gon Coulibaly died at the age of 61.