Ivory Coast PM dies in German hospital
Ivory Coast's Prime Minister passed on just days after his 56th birthday.
The Prime Minister of Ivory Coast, Hamed Bakayoko, has passed away in a hospital in Germany, authorities say.
Per a report by BBC, Bakayoko, who was receiving treatment for cancer, died on Wednesday, just days after his 56th birthday.
He was appointed prime minister in July, following the sudden death of his predecessor Amadou Gon Coulibaly.
President Alassane Ouattara described Mr Bakayoko as a “great statesman, an example to young people and a man of exemplary loyalty”.
Mr Bakayoko was flown to France in February for medical tests and was later transferred to Germany due to his deteriorating health.
A former media executive who turned to politics, he played a prominent mediation role in Ivory Coast’s civil war during the first decade of the century.