Ex-Ivorian PM, Charles Konan Banny Dies at 78

Ivory Coast former prime minister, Charles Konan Banny died in a Paris hospital on Friday after contracting Covid-19, close aides said.

Charles Konan Banny was in office from 2005-2007, was being treated at the American Hospital in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine after contracting the disease in Ivory Coast.

Former Prime Minister, Guillaume Soro said ” He changed my perception of Ivorian politics and of some of its actors,”

A member of the Ivoirian Democratic Party (PDCI), French-educated banker Konan Banny became prime minister in December 2005 under a UN resolution. He served until April 2007.

Banny was named head of the Commission for Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation in 2011 after an electoral crisis left 3,000 people dead

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The father-of-four had previously held the post of governor of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO).

He ran for president, unsuccessfully, in 2015 against current incumbent Alassane Ouattara.

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