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Ivory Coast President to name slimmed-down govt

Ivory Coast President to name slimmed-down govt

IVORY COAST Prime Minister Patrick Achi tabled his resignation and that of his government as President Alassane Ouattara plans to slim down the size of the cabinet, Ouattara said. Ouattara said he would reduce the government to around 30 ministers from the current 41, with new appointments to be made next week to govern the world's top cocoa producer. The president is expected to address a joint session of the West African country's parliament on April 19, a government spokesman told Reuters. Alassane Ouattara. PIcture: Flickr "It is imperative to reduce state spending and re-focus on social and security resilience,"…
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Shock and uncertainty in Ivory Coast

Shock and uncertainty in Ivory Coast

MEDIA COULIBALY and ANGE ABOA IVORY Coast faced shock and uncertainty following the death of Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko, the West African nation's second premier to die in office in less than eight months. A close ally of President Alassane Ouattara, Bakayoko, who died of cancer a few days after his 56th birthday, was appointed prime minister in July 2020 after the death of his predecessor Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Ouattara's handpicked successor. Although Ouattara named his chief of staff Patrick Achi as interim prime minister on Monday while Bakayoko was in hospital, Bakayoko's passing leaves a vacuum for Ouattara to…
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Ivory Coast Prime Minister in hospital

Ivory Coast Prime Minister in hospital

ANGE ABOA  IVORY Coast Prime Minister Patrick Achi, 65, has been admitted to hospital in Paris for medical tests, two sources close to him said. Achi, a close confidant of President Alassane Ouattara, was named prime minister in March following the death of the West African cocoa producer's second premier in less than eight months. The sources said Achi was being treated for "severe fatigue" suffered since his appointment in March. Achi replaced Hamed Bakayoko, who died of cancer at 56. Bakayoko had replaced Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who died following cardiac issues last July. A government spokesman was not immediately…
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