Amadou Gon Coulibaly

Amadou Gon Coulibaly (10 February 1959 – 8 July 2020) was an Ivorian politician who served as Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire from January 2017 until his death in July 2020. He was the ruling party's candidate in the 2020 Ivorian presidential election and had been among the favourites to win.[1] He had earlier served as the presidency's secretary general under President Alassane Ouattara from 2011 to 2017.

Amadou Gon Coulibaly
Amadou Gon Coulibaly et Henriette Dagri Diabaté (cropped).jpg
10th Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast
In office
10 January 2017 – 8 July 2020
PresidentAlassane Ouattara
Preceded byDaniel Kablan Duncan
Succeeded byHamed Bakayoko
Personal details
Born(1959-02-10)10 February 1959
Abidjan, French West Africa
(now Ivory Coast)
Died8 July 2020(2020-07-08) (aged 61)
Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Political partyRally of the Republicans

CareerEdit

In the early 1990s, Amadou Gon Coulibaly worked as a technical adviser to Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara.[2][3] Coulibaly was a member of the National Assembly from 1995 to 1999, and then from 2011 until his death.[3] He also served as Mayor of Korhogo.[4]

Coulibaly was minister of agriculture from October 2002 to February 2010. After Alassane Ouattara became president, Coulibaly served as secretary general of the presidency from 2011 to January 2017.[2]

President Ouattara appointed Coulibaly as prime minister on 10 January 2017.[5] The composition of his new government was announced on 11 January. It was considered broadly similar to the previous government under Daniel Kablan Duncan, with most of the key ministers retaining their posts. With 28 ministers, it was smaller than the previous government, which had 35.[6] Coulibaly was additionally assigned responsibility for the ministerial portfolio of the budget on 19 July 2017.[7]

At the RDR's Third Ordinary Congress in September 2017, Coulibaly was designated as First Vice-President of the Rally of the Republicans (RDR), the ruling party.[8] When Ouattara dissolved the government amid tensions within the governing coalition in July 2018, Coulibaly was re-appointed to form a new government.[9]

Health and deathEdit

Coulibaly underwent heart surgery in 2012. He went to France on 2 May 2020, for a heart exam and rest, then returned to Ivory Coast on 2 July. On 8 July, he became unwell during a weekly cabinet meeting and was taken to a hospital where he died. He was 61 years old.[10][1]

Other activitiesEdit

From 2017, Coulibaly was an ex officio member of the board of governors of the International Monetary Fund,[11] the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, part of the World Bank Group,[12] and the World Bank.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Ivory Coast PM dies after cabinet meeting". BBC News. 8 July 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Côte d'Ivoire: Amadou Gon Coulibaly nommé nouveau Premier ministre", Radio France Internationale, 10 January 2017 (in French).
  3. ^ a b "Amadou Gon Coulibaly". World Bank Live. 5 October 2017. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  4. ^ Limam, Zyad (July 2017). "Ivory Coast-AGC: Here and Now". Afrique Magazine. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  5. ^ "Ivory Coast's Ouattara names close ally as new vice-president". Reuters. 10 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Ivory Coast's Ouattara names new government with few changes", Reuters, 11 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Ivory Coast reshuffles cabinet, replaces key ministers", Reuters, 19 July 2017.
  8. ^ Anna Sylvestre-Treiner, "Côte d’Ivoire : Alassane Ouattara choisit Henriette Dagri Diabaté pour présider son parti", Jeune Afrique, 10 September 2017 (in French).
  9. ^ Loucoumane Coulibaly (4 July 2018), Ivory Coast's Ouattara dissolves government amid coalition infighting Reuters.
  10. ^ "Ivory Coast's prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly dies at 61". Reuters. 8 July 2020. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  11. ^ "IMF Members' Quotas and Voting Power, and IMF Board of Governors". www.imf.org. Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Board of Governors" (PDF). Retrieved 8 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Board of Governors" (PDF). Retrieved 8 July 2020.
Political offices
Preceded by
Daniel Kablan Duncan
Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast
2017–2020
Succeeded by
Hamed Bakayoko