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The already-uncertain Ivorian presidential election and Gon Coulibaly’s death

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Three months before the presidential election, the disappearance of the candidate for the ruling coalition is reshuffling the cards of an uncertain election.

Henceforth, the Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP, in power) must find a new candidate capable of leading him to victory on the evening of October 31, 2020.

The unexpected death of the “right hand” of Alassane Ouattara upset, in many ways, the plans of his political family where his candidacy was not unanimous.

Frustrated, Albert Toikeusse Mabri and Marcel Amon Tanoh, had openly expressed reservations about the ability of Amadou Gon Coulibaly to make the presidential movement triumphant.

In addition to these two former ministers, who have since distanced themselves from them, other personalities of the Ouattara political party, such as Hamed Bakayoko, are expected to succeed Gon Coulibaly.

In the opinion of several observers of the Ivorian political scene, the Minister of Defense, considered as one of the faithful of Ado, could stand out.

On the opposition side, the war plan is now suspended on the announcement of the new RHDP candidate. Especially since a return to business for the outgoing president is not ruled out for the moment.

Ivorian opposition parties, including the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI), had worked out strategies to end the Ouattara regime. With this new deal, their resistance capacity will be assessed in terms of the response to the presidential movement, regardless of the candidate nominated.

The Ivorian Prime Minister, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, died on Wednesday, 8 July 2020 in Abidjan at the age of 61 years. Only six days after his return from Paris (France) where he underwent surgery on the heart.

A public works engineer by training, Gon Coulibaly was the Minister of Agriculture for many years, then Secretary General of the Presidency, before being appointed to the Prime Minister’s Office in 2017.

He has been involved in all the political battles of Alassane Ouattara, his mentor with whom he worked for thirty years.


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