Ivory Coast’s Vice-President Daniel Kablan Duncan has resigned.

His resignation follows the sudden death of the Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly last week.

The secretary-general of the Ivory Coast presidency, Patrick Achi, said that Kablan Duncan was leaving “for personal reasons.”

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Deputy President William Ruto, Ivory Coast Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan and Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar during the closing the Energy Gap in Africa at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland. January 23rd, 2015 Picture Charles Kimani\DPPS

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Deputy President William Ruto at the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) Inaugural Chief Executives’ Luncheon held at InterContinental Hotel. 29th January 2015

In 2016, Deputy President William Ruto travelled to Abidjan twice where he met Mr Kablan one time on official duty to represent Uhuru at the Africa CEO Forum and the other time on personal business where he was hosted by Mr Kablan.

Unverified reports indicate they are business partners.

The vice-president had put in his resignation letter to President Alassane Ouattara in February, Mr Achi noted.

“After several communications, the last of which took place on Tuesday 7 July 2020, the president of the republic took note of his resignation and proceeded to sign the decree terminating Daniel Kablan Duncan,” Mr Achi said in a statement.

Mr Kablan was appointed as vice-president in 2017, the first to occupy the new position created by a new constitution the previous year following a referendum.

He had previously served as prime minister.