Côte d’Ivoire’s Prime Minister, Patrick Achi, is in hospital in Paris for medical tests after ‘suffering from fatigue’. It was reported that he collapsed at his residence in Abidjan on 8 May and President Ouattara decided to have him treated in France two days later as a precaution. Achi’s transfer to France for medical reasons represents the third time a prime minister is evacuated to Europe for health concerns since 2020.
PM Hamed Bakayoko came to Germany on 18 February 2021 for health issues (and consequently died).
Bakayoko was appointed to replace PM Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Ouattara’s designated dauphin, who on 8 July 2020, died suddenly in Abidjan after being struck ill in the middle of a council of ministers meeting.