Ivory Coast’s prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly has died after falling ill at a ministerial meeting was taken to a hospital.
According to President Alassane Ouattara, 61-year-old Coulibaly, who had heart surgery in 2012, became unwell during a weekly cabinet meeting, he passed away while in the hospital.
Ouattara said “I pay tribute to my younger brother, my son, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who was for 30 years my closest partner,” the president said. “I salute the memory of a statesman of great loyalty, devotion and love for the homeland.”
Ouattara had designated Coulibaly as the RHDP candidate in March after announcing that he himself would not seek a third term.
Coulibaly’s death came just days after returning from two months of medical treatment in France and he had been chosen as the ruling party’s candidate for October’s presidential.
The death of Coulibaly has created a huge uncertainty over the upcoming election in Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa grower, which has returned to normalcy after years of political turbulence and a brief civil war that killed 3,000 persons.
Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari has on Thursday, expressed grief over the death of Ivorian Prime Minister.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said the Prime Minister, who died in the line of duty at a Cabinet meeting left behind a void not only in his country but also in the West African sub-region which had looked up to him as an emerging leader for the new times.
He added “His leadership, political and business acumen, working in support of President Ouattara, epitomize the success story of the economy and the return of peace and stability after the crises Cote d’Ivoire passed through.
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Uganda ‘To Begin Human Trials’ Of COVID-19 Vaccine
Uganda is set to start human trials of a COVID-19 vaccine starting in November as the country continues to fight against the pandemic.
The vaccine trials are a partnership exercise between Uganda’s Virus Research Institute and the United Kingdom’s Imperial College.
Uganda has recorded more than 7,000 coronavirus cases and 75 fatalies so far.
According to BBC, Monica Musenero who is the head of a presidential taskforce on epidemics is quoted as saying the first trial will be conducted on 10 Ugandans.
She added that if successful, a second trial will involve about 100 to 200 persons followed by a final trial of between 1,000 and 3,000 persons.
WFP Seeks Aid For South Sudan Flood Relief
Heavy seasonal rainfall, followed by devastating floods in South Sudan since June, have impacted more than 700,000 persons across the country. A large part of the nation is reported to be under water with the Nile River at its highest level in 50 years.
South Sudan was already in a precarious situation due to food shortages from an overwhelming locust infestation and a health crisis from the global coronavirus pandemic.
The World Food Programme (WFP) says it has been providing food assistance to more than half a million persons in South Sudan’s flood-affected areas as the threat of famine increases within the country.
A flood-displaced victim from Mathiang village says rains have destroyed everything, including houses, cattle, crops and sources of livelihood.
WFP spokesperson, Peter Smerdon says they are already under pressure in South Sudan because of conflict, high levels of displacement and, the added burden from flooding.
World Food Programme is now seeking to raise 58 million dollars to continue providing relief.
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