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Updated May 7, 2020

 

President Alassane Ouattara and Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly.
President Alassane Ouattara and Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly.

 

Since Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly left for France on May 2 for a medical check-up, there has been heightened concern about his health and how it might affect his campaign to run for president of Côte d’Ivoire on October 31. The presidency has now released a statement, saying Gon Coulibaly was recovering at Pitié-Salpêtrière University Hospital in Paris after undergoing a coronary angiography, a procedure to detect blockages in the arteries of the heart, and that he’ll remain in France for monitoring for a few weeks.

 

Formal campaigning has been suspended due to COVID-19.

 

Outgoing president Alassane Ouattara named Gon Coulibaly as the ruling RHDP party’s candidate for the October presidential election, after months of speculation that the 78-year-old would run for a third presidential term following the ratification of the country’s most recent constitution in 2016, which made it legal for him to do so.

 

Ouattara assured cabinet the prime minister was “doing very well”.

 

Although formal campaigning has been suspended due to COVID-19, news of Gon Coulibaly’s health troubles has prompted questions about his ability to run for office and govern the country should he win the election. Ouattara assured cabinet there was no need to worry, because the prime minister was “doing very well”.

This latest news adds yet another complication in the run-up to the election, on top of a possible postponement due to the pandemic.

 

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