The Ivorian Prime Minister Ahmed Bakayoko, evacuated to France since February 18 and urgently transferred to Germany last week, succumbed to a dazzling cancer on Wednesday March 10, 2021 at the age of 56.
The sad news has been announced on Wednesday evening by Fidel Sarassoro, director of cabinet of the Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara.
“I am deeply saddened to announce the death of Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko this Wednesday in Germany from cancer,” he said.
“Our country is in mourning,” said Alassane Ouattara, in a message posted on social media.
“I pay tribute to the Prime Minister, Hamed Bakayoko, my son and close collaborator, too soon torn from our affection”, he continued, paying homage to this “great statesman, a model for our youth, a personality of great generosity and exemplary loyalty ”.
Côte d’Ivoire thus loses two Prime Ministers in less than a year. On July 8, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Bakayoko’s predecessor, died suddenly in Abidjan after being the victim of unease amid a cabinet meeting in Abidjan.