Ivory Coast prime minister evacuated to France for medical checks

Gon Coulibaly, 61, self-isolated in late March because of possible exposure to coronavirus.

    Gon Coulibaly is the governing party candidate in October's presidential election [Luc Gnago/Reuters]
    Gon Coulibaly is the governing party candidate in October's presidential election [Luc Gnago/Reuters]

    Ivory Coast's Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who is the governing party's candidate in October's presidential election, was evacuated to France for medical checks.

    A brief statement from the presidency on Sunday provided no additional details about Gon Coulibaly's health status.

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    Gon Coulibaly, 61, self-isolated in late March because of possible exposure to the coronavirus but did not test positive.

    Defence Minister Hamed Bakayoko, who recovered from the virus last month, will serve as interim prime minister in Gon Coulibaly's absence, the statement said.

    Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara designated Gon Coulibaly in March as the governing RHDP party's candidate for the presidential election after ruling out seeking a third term himself.

    Ivory Coast has recorded more than 1,300 cases of the coronavirus, one of the highest totals in West Africa, and 15 deaths.

    Prime Minister Gon Coulibaly speaks after he was named presidential candidate for RHDP during the party meeting in Abidjan
    The brief statement from the presidency provided no details about Gon Coulibaly's health status [Thierry Gouegnon/Reuters]

    SOURCE: Reuters news agency