Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, the presidential candidate of Ivory Coast’s ruling party, died Wednesday only days after coming from two weeks of medical therapy in France, where he formerly had experienced a heart transplant.
Coulibaly’s passing throws the forthcoming presidential election to disarray, increasing concerns about who will represent the celebration of President Alassane Ouattara, who’s required to resign after his second term.
Coulibaly, 61, hadn’t talked openly about why he moved to France back in May. Many speculated that his health issues were associated with his 2012 heart transplant.
Ouattara’s party was in power because post-election violence a decade ago made some 3,000 individuals dead following then-President Laurent Gbagbo refused to admit his defeat in a runoff vote.
Originally, there was speculation that Ouattara would attempt to extend his rule, however, he finally said he wouldn’t operate and threw his support behind Coulibaly.
Coulibaly’s departure was declared Wednesday on national tv, along with also the president issued an announcement calling him”my younger brother, his son” and his closest political ally for 30 decades.
“I salute the memory of a statesman of excellent devotion, dedication, and love for his nation,” Ouattara said.
Coulibaly, who was allowed to go to France despite airport closures linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, had returned to Ivory Coast six weeks past. He also attended a ministerial meeting in the presidential palace at Abidjan on Wednesday, but afterward fell sick, officials said.
Tensions are climbing over Ivory Coast’s political landscape ahead of the October vote. An arrest warrant has been issued for Guillaume Soro, the primary candidate to announce that he was conducting, as he prepared to return from overseas.
Former President Henri Konan Bedie has signaled that he will run again at age 86. Bedie, who formerly led the nation from 1993 before a 1999 coup, is predicted to represent the PDCI-RDA celebration.
Additionally, there has been doubting regarding the political aspirations of Gbagbo, the president made of power after dropping the 2010 election. He’s been acquitted of crimes against humanity charges in the International Criminal Court but has been not able to return home into Ivory Coast where he has considerable assistance. Prosecutors in the ICC are attractive to his acquittal.