Hamed Bakayoko, the Prime Minister of Ivory Coast also known as “Hambak” has died of cancer in Freiburg, Germany the government in Abidjan has stated in a statement. He died at the age of 56, barely two days after his birthday.
In a statement of condolence released on his official social media handle, the President of Ivory Coast, Alassane Ouattara announced that Mr. Hamed Bakayoko “… a great statesman, a model for …youth, a personality of great generosity and exemplary loyalty” has passed away.
“It is with great sorrow that I announce the death of Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko, head of state, Minister of defense …in Germany, as a result of cancer” Mr Ouattara went on to say. Mr Bakayoko was flown to France in mid-February and later to Germany for medical checks, government officials say.
The details of the health condition of the Prime Minister Deceased have been cloistered away from the public. However on Saturday President Ouattara while asking Ivoirians to pray for the Prime Minister revealed that “given the state of his health, he (Hamed Bakayoko) should remain in the hospital for some time”.
Before his appointment in July last year as Prime Minister to replace Amadou Gon Coulibaly who died shortly before the controversial election, Hamed Bakayoko was the defence Minister of Ivory Coast.
On Monday 8th March 2021, the Presidency named Tene Birahima Outtara, younger brother of President Ouattara and Presidential Affairs Minister as interim Prime and defense Minister. Minister Hamed Bakayo was highly rated as a possible successor of President Ouattara.
Issiaka Sangare, spokesperson for the Opposition Ivorian Popular Front, has described the death of Prime Minister Hamed Bakayo as “shameful”. [He] was a key player in the political game, and a major player in reconciliation” Sangare mourned.
Quick Facts about Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko
He abandoned Medical School in the 1990’s and launched the Le Patriote Newspaper
He was appointed Minister of Communication and New Technology in 2003
He was appointed Minister of Interior in 2011 following the civil war in 2010
He was elected Mayor of Abidjan District of Abobo in 2018