The Ivorian Prime Minister and candidate for the ruling party in the October presidential election, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, died on Wednesday in Abidjan after a cabinet meeting at the age of 61.
In March this year, the late Prime Minister was handpicked by Alassane Ouattara as the presidential candidate for Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) for the presidential election set for October 31.
However, following his untimely passing, the RHDP will have to field another candidate for the elections. It is rumoured that Defense Minister Hamed Bakayoko and the Secretary General at the Presidency, Patrick Achi are potential candidates.
On the other hand, the President, Alassane Draman Ouattara (ADO), who still has an opportunity to run for third term, following the amendment of the country’s constitution, had earlier indicated that he would lead the party to elections if Henri Konan Bédié and Laurent Gbagbo are candidates for their respective parties.
Last month, Konan Bedie, the octogenarian former president, announced his intention to run while Gbagbo still seeks final clearance from the International Criminal Court (ICC) to be able to run.
Following Bedie’s announcement, it is quite clear that ADO has been tempted to seek re-election. Let’s see what the coming days would reveal to all of us.
Meanwhile, ADO has declared an eight-day national mourning events in tribute to the fallen Prime Minister, staring today 10th July to Friday 17th July. As it is the practice worldwide, the Ivorian national flags will be flown at half-mast throughout the country and in Ivorian foreign missions and embassies.