Sad news to Ivory Coast and Africa nation for losing a great man, Amadou Coulibaly. The Ivory Coast prime minister and governing party’s candidate for the forthcoming October presidential election died on Wednesday. He passed away after coming back home from two months of medical treatment in France.
The prime minister was 61 years old at the time of death. He had heart surgery in 2012. Until recently, he became ill during a cabinet meeting and was rushed to a hospital where he passed away.
The death of Coulibaly builds significant uncertainty in the Ivory Coast, which has, over time, faced with a lot of political instability. After years of political turbulence and civil unrest, the country gained peace. There were 3,000 people killed in the past years.
President Ouattara friendship with Amadou Coulibaly
The Ivory Coast president Mr. Alassane Ouattara called Coulibaly “my youngest brother, my son” and his best friend for a decade now.
“I salute the memory of a statesman of great loyalty, devotion, and love for his country,”
President Ouattara left for Coulibaly to be the RHDP party candidate in March after announcing that he will not run for the third term. The RHDP had kept the ruling position in Ivory Coast since the post-election violence ten years ago. This was when President Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept defeat after the runoff vote. At first, there was a rumor that Ouattara would try to remain in power, but he eventually said he would not contest.
His Return from France for Medical treatment
Coulibaly flew back into the country on Thursday after two months of medical checkup in France. He was free to travel abroad despite the country’s restrictions and airport closure due to the current coronavirus pandemic. Reports say he received a stent about a week after arriving in France.
“I am back to take my place by the side of the president, to continue developing and building our country,”
Coulibaly said on his arrival at the airport last Thursday.
Coulibaly; His life and achievements in his political career
He was a father to five and attained his engineering degree in France. To the people of Korhogo, his native place, many will remember him for his hard work. And a temper that made him acquire the name the ‘Lion of Korhogo’, which is the country’s largest city.
He exercised considerable influence among the customary leaders of the Senoufo ethnic group, from which he came. And has left a beautiful legacy that many will remember him for.
Along with his political career, he acquired many positions since starting in politics in 1994. He was the president technical advisor, deputy,senior civil servant and mayor of Korhogo. Agriculture minister, cabinet minister, and finally prime minister at the time of his death.