Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister and the ruling party’s candidate for October’s presidential election, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, is dead.
Coulibaly died on Wednesday afternoon, shortly after he attended a cabinet meeting in the Presidential Palace, President Alassane Ouattara said in a statement.
On Thursday, the late Prime Minister returned from a two-month stay in France where he went for ear exam.
He reportedly was unwell during the weekly meeting and was evacuated to a hospital where he passed away.
“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,” President Ouattara said on Twitter.
Coulibaly is survived by his wife and five children.