Cote d’Ivoire’s Alassane Ouattara names new cabinet with few changes

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Cote d’Ivoire’s President Alassane Ouattara on Wednesday named a new government, one that is slightly smaller than the previous one.

In a statement read on state-owned television, the president unveiled the government, making a few changes to major positions.

The finance, budget and agricultural ministers held onto their jobs but Thierry Tanoh, the former head of pan-African Ecobank, replaced Adama Toungara as energy minister. Trade minister Jean-Louis Billon also lost his post.

Notably, the minister of defence and that of interior both kept their jobs despite the two-day army mutiny over the weekend that led to the dismissal of the heads of the army, police and gendarmes.

The cabinet was reduced to 28 ministers from 35 in the previous government and includes seven new members.

Ouattara named Amadou Gon Coulibaly, a close adviser and senior figure in his RDR party, as prime minister on Tuesday.

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