It is reported that the Vice President of the West African Nation of Ivory Coast, Daniel Kablan Duncan, gotten his application for resignation finally accepted by the President, Mr. Alassane Ouattara, after months of first tendering in his application for resignation.
This is coming barely a week after the passing of the country’s Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly.
The Presidency said that Duncan had handed his resignation to the president on personal grounds on the 27th of February. This is according to a statement on Monday read by chief of staff Patrick Achi.
“After several conversations, the latest of which took place on July 7, the president accepted (it) and on July 8 signed the decree ending Mr Kablan Duncan’s duties.”
The rumours of the 77 year old Duncan stepping down had been circulating for days before this final confirmation.
Mr. Duncan is a veteran figure in Ivorian politics having served as foreign minister from 2011 to 2012, he then took up the mantle as prime minister in charge of economy and finance from 2012 to 2017.
He became the first Vice President in the country’s history in January 2017, when he took up the portfolio of Vice Presidency which had been created under a the new constitutional reform of 2016.
President Ouattara in a statement said that, “I would like to pay tribute to a great servant of the state, a man of power and commitment.”
Mr. Duncan’s depature was announced just a few days after the shocking demise of the Ivorian Prime Minister, Amadou Coulibaly, who passed on July 8.
Coulibaly had been the President’s anointed choice for the upcoming elections in October.
The late Prime Minister who was 67 had returned to Ivory Coast from France where he had spent about two months for coronary stent treatment to help with his heart condition.
The West African nation is blessed with a lot of resources being one of the world’s leading producers of coffee and cocoa.
Alassane Ouattara in 2011 ousted the country’s then President, Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to leave office after allegedly losing the elections. Some 3,000 people were killed in the months-long election related violence.
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