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Laurent Dona-Fologo, great Ivorian political figure who was minister under the presidency of Félix Houphouët-Boigny, then Henri Konan Bédié, died on Friday in Abidjan, at the age of 82, announced Ivorian television.
“We learn of the death of the former minister, statesman, great servant of the nation, Laurent Dona-Fologo, this Friday February 5” announced the television in its last evening newspaper.
Journalist by training, “LDF” was also the first editor-in-chief of the pro-government Ivorian newspaper, Fraternité-matin, created in 1964, before being appointed Minister of Information.
After having been minister without interruption for more than a decade in the government of the first president of the country, he was for four years Minister of State to Henri Konan Bédié (1993-1999), successor to Félix Houphouët-Boigny.
Mr. Fologo, married to a Frenchwoman, was also general secretary of the Democratic Party (PDCI, former single party) for ten years.
Under the presidency of Laurent Gbagbo (2000-2011), Laurent Dona Fologo was appointed head of the Economic and Social Council, thus becoming the third person in the State.
He had retired from political life since 2011.