Ivorian PM Patrick Achi is in Paris for medical tests (Reuters)

Ivorian PM Patrick Achi was admitted to hospital in Paris for medical tests, according to reports.

The 65-year-old, a close collaborator of President Alassane Ouattara, was appointed Prime Minister in March following the death of the country’s second Prime Minister in less than eight months.

Two sources close to Achi told Reuters news agency he was being treated for “severe fatigue” suffered since his appointment in March. Achi replaced Hamed Bakayoko, who died of cancer at the age of 56. Bakayoko had replaced Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who died of heart problems in July 2020.

There was no immediate comment from the government

Achi is a key figure in talks to resolve a large power generation deficit that has strained electricity supplies in urban areas for several weeks.

He traveled to France for health reasons last week but left prematurely to participate in discussions over electricity issues, the sources said. He then returned to Paris on Tuesday, canceling a visit to the hydroelectric dams.

Achi will undergo routine exams in Paris and rest for several days before returning to Côte d’Ivoire, the sources said.

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