ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Le Premier ministre ivoirien Amadou Gon Coulibaly, candidat du parti au pouvoir à la présidentielle de cette année, restera en France pour quelques semaines de repos médical après avoir subi un examen cardiaque, a annoncé mardi la présidence.
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 test 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 RHDP ruling party’s candidate 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.
(Report by Ange Aboa; Writing by Alessandra Prentice; Edition by Lisa Shumaker)