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Ivory Coast govt resigns but PM stays

Ivory Coast’s Government Resigned Today After President Alassane Ouattara Vowed To Bring More “efficiency' To The West African State Just Two Months After He Was Re-elected.

PTI | Updated on: 07 Jan 2016, 12:02:06 AM


Ivory Coast’s government resigned today after President Alassane Ouattara vowed to bring more “efficiency” to the West African state just two months after he was re-elected.

Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan presented his resignation and that of his government at what was to have been the first cabinet meeting of the year in a move observers said was expected.

But after praising the 73-year-old economist for astutely handling his brief during three years in the post, Ouattara’s office said Kablan Duncan would remain as head of a new team.

“The president of the republic (has signed) a decree nominating Daniel Kablan Duncan as prime minister and government head and has instructed him to propose a new government as soon as possible,” presidential secretary general Amadou Gon Coulibaly said.

Prior to Coulibaly’s announcement on Kablan Duncan’s retention, Ouattara had declared a new cabinet would be “put in place in the coming days—targeting greater cohesion and more efficiency of government action.”

Ouattara, 74, says he is seeking to mould a “new Ivory Coast” to draw a line under the turmoil of the civil war in 2011.

Reelected for a second-five year term on October 25, Ouattara has said he wants to deepen national reconciliation and draw up a new constitution which he plans to put to a referendum.

Other aims include redistributing uneven wealth and tackling high youth unemployment.

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First Published : 06 Jan 2016, 11:59:00 PM