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Guterres mourns the loss of Prime Minister and candidate for the Ivory Coast presidency, Gon Coulibaly

July 10, 2020

The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, expressed his condolences to the Ivory Coast people following the death of its Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who during his tenure has carried out “major reforms” for the good of the Ivory Coast’s development to the African nation.

Guterres has lamented the “premature” death of Coulibaly, who died this week after returning from a two-month period in France where he had traveled to treat health problems. When he returned to Europe for his first Council of Ministers, he felt uncomfortable and was taken to a hospital in the capital, Abidjan, where he died.

“I am back and ready to take my place next to the President and continue development work in Ivory Coast,” said Coulibaly on July 2 when he returned to Abidjan. He died a week later.

Guterres mourns the loss of Prime Minister and candidate for the Ivory Coast presidency, Gon Coulibaly
Guterres mourns the loss of Prime Minister and candidate for the Ivory Coast presidency, Gon Coulibaly

The Prime Minister had been elected by his party, the Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) group, as his candidate for the October presidential election, which current President Alassane Ouattara will not stand for.