Published on : 10/09/2021 – 21:58
At the heart of the Ivorian crisis when he was Prime Minister from 2005 to 2007, then called in 2011 to play the peacemaker and try to reconcile a deeply divided country, Charles Konan Banny died of Covid-19 on Friday in Paris, at the age 78 years old.
Former Ivorian Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny died on Friday, September 10, of pulmonary and respiratory complications linked to Covid-19, in Paris, where he had recently been evacuated and hospitalized, we learned from his relatives.
Affected by the coronavirus in Abidjan, he was transferred last week to the American hospital in Neuilly where he died at the age of 78.
“It changed my perception of Ivorian politics and some of its players,” Guillaume Soro, another former prime minister, now in exile, reacted quickly.
Head of the Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2011
An executive of the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI), Charles Konan Banny was imposed as Prime Minister to Laurent Gbagbo by the international community in December 2005, a post he held until April 2007.
In 2011, after the post-electoral crisis which left 3,000 dead, he was appointed president of the Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CDVR).
>> To see: “Interview with Charles Konan Banny, president of the Ivorian Commission for Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation”
Known as “milk soup”, this father of four had previously held the post of governor of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) for eleven years, from 1994 to 2005.
Originally from Yamoussoukro, hometown of Félix Houphouët-Boigny, father of the Ivorian nation and founder of his party the PDCI, Charles Konan Banny launched in 2015 in the presidential race against Alassane Ouattara but finally threw in the towel .