Ivorian Prime Minister spends weeks in France for medical rest after cardiac examination


FILE PHOTO: Ivorian Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly speaks at a press conference in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on February 20, 2020. REUTERS / Thierry Gouegnon / File Photo

ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Ivorian Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, the ruling party’s presidential candidate this year, will remain in France for a few weeks on medical leave after undergoing a cardiac examination, the presidency announced on Tuesday.

Gon Coulibaly, 61, who had heart surgery in 2012, went to France this weekend for medical visits. A coronary angiography was performed on Monday and his doctor recommended monitoring him, the presidency said in a statement.

“The Prime Minister will therefore continue his stay in France for a few weeks, before returning to Côte d’Ivoire,” he said, without giving further details.

A source close to Gon Coulibaly said on Sunday that the Prime Minister had missed a planned check in France in April because he was busy coordinating the response of the coronavirus in Côte d’Ivoire.

Defense Minister Hamed Bakayoko is acting Prime Minister in the absence of Gon Coulibaly.

In March, President Alassane Ouattara nominated Gon Coulibaly as the ruling party’s candidate for the RHDP for the October presidential election after declaring that he would not seek a third term himself.

Gon Coulibaly’s candidacy has aroused skepticism from certain Ouattara allies, who fear that they lack the charisma to lead an effective race.

Ange Aboa report; Written by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Lisa Shumaker

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