Ivory Coast prime min­is­ter Coulibaly dies

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Prime Min­is­ter Amadou Gon Coulibaly, the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of Ivory Coast’s rul­ing party, died on Wed­nes­day only days af­ter re­turn­ing from two months of med­i­cal treat­ment in France, where he pre­vi­ously had un­der­gone a heart trans­plant. Coulibaly’s death throws the com­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tion into dis­ar­ray, rais­ing con­cerns about who now will rep­re­sent the party of Pres­i­dent Alas­sane Ou­at­tara, who is re­quired to step down af­ter his sec­ond term. Coulibaly’s death was an­nounced on na­tional tele­vi­sion, and the pres­i­dent is­sued a state­ment call­ing him “my younger brother, my son”, and his clos­est po­lit­i­cal ally for 30 years.

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