Daniel Kablan Duncan, the Vice President of Ivory Coast has resigned from his position as confirmed by the presidency on Monday July 13. 

Patrick Achi, the secretary-general of the president told reporters that the 77-year-old resigned due to personal reasons. 

Achi said in a statement; 

“The President of the Republic proceeded on Wednesday, July 8, to the signing of a decree terminating the functions of Daniel Kablan Duncan as vice president of the Republic. 

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“After several talks, the last of which took place on Tuesday, July 7, President Alassane Ouattara took note of this resignation and proceeded to sign the decree terminating Daniel Kablan Duncan.”

Daniel Kablan previously served as Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire from 1993-1999 under Henri Konan Bedié and again from 2012-2017 under the current president, Ouattara.

He resigned from his position days after the sudden death of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who was also the ruling party’s candidate for October’s presidential election.