Ivory Coast: a book in tribute to former Prime Minister Gon Coulibaly a year after his death

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A poster in tribute to the former Ivorian Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly.


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On July 8, 2020, Amadou Gon Coulibaly disappeared from a heart attack, when he had been dubbed by Alassane Ouattara to be the RHDP candidate for the October presidential election.

The presidential party pays homage to him and on this occasion appears

The heart and the spirit,

his autobiography written with the journalists Zyad Limam and Venance Konan.

A book was to accompany his presidential campaign and allow him to change his image of austere technocrat.


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Very few Ivorians knew Amadou Gon.

I, among others, who was about the same age as him, thought I knew him, but no.

I discovered Amadou Gon in his private life ... And I, in any case, I discovered a man I never suspected, full of humor!

Here he is a very, very endearing man, a little shy ... But he knows how to let go to tell jokes ... He really wanted to show his true nature, to break this image of austere man, of man sectarian, that people had of him.

Venance Konan, director of the pro-government newspaper Fraternité Matin

Francois Mazet


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