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Ivory Coast PM resigns, President to reduce size of Cabinet

AFRICA
By Reuters | Apr 13th 2022 | 1 min read

 

Ivory Coast's Prime Minister Patrick Achi during the first cabinet meeting of the new government at the presidential palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast April 7, 2021. [Reuters]

Ivory Coast Prime Minister Patrick Achi tabled his resignation and that of his government on Wednesday, April 13.

This comes as President Alassane Ouattara made public his 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.

A slimmer cabinet will be more efficient and in tune with the global economic climate, Ouattara said during the cabinet meeting at which he accepted the government's resignation.

"It is imperative to reduce state spending and re-focus on social and security resilience," he added.

He did not specify which ministerial positions would be cut.

Achi was not immediately available for comment.

At the cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister said his decision to resign followed the intentions of the president to reshuffle the government.

"We have given the best of ourselves to execute your vision for 2030," he told Ouattara.

 

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