Ivory Coast Prime Minister Patrick Achi.
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Ivory Coast Prime Minister Patrick Achi said he was in “good shape” after returning home to Abidjan on Friday, following reported medical 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.
A close confidant of President Alassane Ouattara, Achi was named prime minister following the death of the West African cocoa producer’s second premier in less than eight months.
He replaced Hamed Bakayoko, who died of cancer at 56. Bakayoko had replaced Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who died following cardiac issues last July.
State television showed Achi deplaning and being greeted by ministers on the tarmac in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan on Friday night.
I feel very good. I came back in good shape to go back to work.
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