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Ivory Coast’s Vice-President Duncan Kablan has stepped down.

His resignation comes days after the death of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, a popular figure seen as President Ouattara’s anointed successor for elections due in October.

Daniel Kablan resigned because of personal reasons according to Patrick Achi, the secretary of the presidency.

Mr Achi says the Vice-President tendered his resignation letter in Febuary.

‘’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 served as foreign minister from 2011-12 and then as prime minister in charge of economy and finance from 2012-17.

He was appointed the Vice-President in 2017 after the position was created by the new constitution following a referendum.

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