Ivory Coast Prime Minister Patrick Achi said he is in “good shape” after returning home to Abidjan on Friday after reported treatment in France.
Achi, 65, spent five days in France undergoing tests for “severe fatigue” suffered since his appointment in March, two sources told Reuters. read more
A confidant of President Alassane Ouattara, Achi was appointed prime minister after the death of the second prime minister of a West African cocoa producer in less than eight months.
He replaced Hamed Bakayoko, who died of cancer at 56. Bakayoko replaced Amada Gon Koulibali, who passed away from heart disease last July.
State TV showed Achi stepping off the plane and being greeted by ministers on the runway in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, Abidjan, on Friday evening.
“I feel very good. I am back in good shape to get back to work. We have a lot to do, ”Achi said.
Achi is a key figure in discussions to resolve large power generation shortages that have disrupted urban areas for several weeks. read more
Sources said he visited France last week for health reasons, but left prematurely to participate in discussions on energy issues. He then returned to Paris on Tuesday, canceling a tour of the hydroelectric dams.
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