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Ivory Coast’s Political Landscape Shifts: Prime Minister Resigns, Government Dissolved

Ivory Coast’s Political Landscape Shifts: Prime Minister Resigns, Government Dissolved

Ivory Coast's Political Landscape Shifts: Prime Minister Resigns, Government Dissolved

In a surprising political development, Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara has accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Patrick Achi and dissolved the government. This announcement comes without any given reason, sparking speculation and concerns about the country’s political stability ahead of the 2025 presidential election.

Resignation and Government Dissolution

President Ouattara, during a cabinet meeting, accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Patrick Achi and dissolved the government. Ouattara aims to reduce the cabinet from 41 to about 30 ministers, making it more efficient and attuned to the global economic environment. The specific ministerial positions to be cut have not been disclosed.

Prime Minister Achi announced his resignation following President Ouattara’s intention to reshuffle the government. He stated, “We have given the best of ourselves to execute your vision for 2030.” Achi, 66, appointed prime minister in March last year, was the third prime minister in the West African state in the last three years.

Political Implications and the Road Ahead

The unexpected resignation of the Prime Minister and the dissolution of the government have raised questions about the political future of Ivory Coast. The country expects to hold a presidential election in 2025, and this abrupt change could signal a significant shift in the country’s political landscape.

President Ouattara has not yet provided reasons for the resignation but promised to appoint a new Prime Minister next week who will then present the restructured cabinet. The President’s move to slim down the cabinet is seen as an effort to reduce state spending and focus on social and security resilience.

The Legacy of Patrick Achi

Patrick Achi has been a prominent figure in Ivory Coast politics, serving as Prime Minister since March 2021. Initially a member of Henri Konan Bédié’s PDCI, he was Minister of Economic Infrastructure between 2000 and 2017 and President of the Regional Council of Mé since 2013.

His resignation comes as a surprise, considering his significant contributions to the Ivorian government. However, it corresponds with Ouattara’s vision for a more streamlined government, prioritizing efficiency and economic stability.

With the resignation of the Prime Minister and the dissolution of the government, Ivory Coast stands at a crossroads. The forthcoming appointments to the cabinet and the new Prime Minister will be crucial in defining the country’s political direction in the coming years.

As the nation prepares for the 2025 presidential election, the actions of President Ouattara and the performance of the new cabinet will play a vital role in shaping the country’s political stability and economic prosperity.