This June 8, 2021, in the huge hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the heart of Abidjan’s business district, Ally Coulibaly is preparing to hand over to Kandia Camara. The one who was Minister of Education for ten years take braid. From now on, he has the heavy task of directing Ivorian diplomacy. For a year, it was that of Ally Coulibaly. “I’m going to retire to my village and indulge in my passion, literature,” he said during the speech he gave to several dozen collaborators.
In the audience, where there is a good-natured atmosphere, the announcement of this early departure from political life brings a smile. Who can believe in the retirement of the former minister in his residence from Niéméné, his native village, located in the department of Dabakala (North-East)? Nobody. Well, certainly not right away.
A month and a half later, Ally Coulibaly will be appointed, at 70, special adviser to President Ouattara. “With the president and not adviser to the president,” he points out. A subtlety desired by the Head of State to better mark their proximity. “You are the only one to have this function”, he told her at the time of on nomination.
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