Former Côte d’Ivoire prime minister Charles Konan Banny died in a hospital in the French capital on Friday after contracting COVID-19, according to close aides.
Banny, who had contracted the deadly disease in Côte d’Ivoire, was undergoing treatment at an American hospital in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine.
The 78-year-old had served as premier of the West African nation between 2005 and 2007 and was a member of the Ivoirian Democratic Party (PDCI).
He headed the country’s Commission for Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation in 2011 following the 2010-2011 post-election violence that erupted in the country in the wake of the disputed presidential elections which killed about 3,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands of others.
Banny also contested the presidential election himself against incumbent Alassane Ouattara in 2015 but lost the vote.
(Story compiled with assistance from wire reports)