Banny’s selection to replace Seydou Diarra as transitional Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire was announced on 5 December 2005. His term was expected to end in October 2006, when national elections were to be held; however, elections were not held by the deadline, and the term of President Laurent Gbagbo was extended for another year, with Banny still at the helm.
Because of his selection as prime minister, Banny was barred from running for the office of President of Côte d’Ivoire. Following a peace deal in March 2007, "Forces Nouvelles" leader Guillaume Soro was appointed as Prime Minister and took over from Banny on 4 April. Banny also held the position of Minister of Economy and Finance from December 2005 to April 2007.
In 2011, after an electoral crisis left 3,000 people dead, he was named head of the Commission for Dialogue, Truth and Reconciliation. He ran for president, unsuccessfully, in 2015 against current president Alassane Ouattara.
Banny was transferred to paris for treatments of pulmonary complications, after contracting the Corona Virus last week in Ivory Coast.
The father-of-four will be sorely missed by all, across the Ivorian political spectrum.
Published By Claude Djaquis on 10/09/[email protected]:42