Côte d’Ivoire: Achi reappointed as Prime Minister, the head of the regional bank appointed vice-president

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Patrick Achi has been reappointed as Prime Minister of Ivory Coast just a week after stepping down from his post, Senate President Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio has said.

Ahoussou-Kouadio was speaking at a joint session of parliament on Tuesday. A revamped cabinet is expected to be announced soon, though details remain scarce.

The prime minister’s reappointment comes hours after Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara announced the appointment of Tiemoko Meyliet Kone, governor of the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO), as vice-president.

In a state of the nation address, Ouattara described Koné, who has headed the regional bank since 2011, as a “brilliant economist”.

At a cabinet meeting in Abidjan last week, the prime minister said his decision to step down followed the president’s intentions to reshuffle the government.

“We gave our best to achieve your vision for 2030,” he told Ouattara.

Achi, 66, was appointed prime minister in March last year. He was the West African state’s third prime minister in the past three years after Amadou Gon Coulibaly and Hamed Bakayoko, who died less than eight months apart in 2020 and 2021.

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