Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has sacked the country’s prime minister and dissolved the government, a senior public official said on Friday, in yet another major reshuffle in the West African nation.
Prime Minister Patrick Achi is leaving with members of the government after the president signed a decree ending their role in exercising his constitutional powers, the presidency’s secretary-general, Abdurrahman Cisse, said in a statement.
Ivory Coast, which is gearing up for elections in 2025, has had three prime ministers since 2020. Achi succeeded Hamed Bakayoko, who died of cancer in March 2021. Bakayoko’s predecessor had also died in office due to illness.
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“The president expresses his gratitude to Prime Minister Patrick Achi and all members of the government for their commitment to serve the nation in recent years,” Cisse said. Outgoing officials will continue in office until later this month when a new government is formed, he said.
In September, Ouattara announced a cabinet reshuffle to take place this month after the Ivory Coast Senate meets and elects its new president. A new government is expected to follow suit when the Senate convenes.
Achi has been in power as prime minister since April 2022, when the government went ahead with the latest government reshuffle. First appointed in March 2021, he stepped down momentarily in April last year after Ouattara announced plans to reduce the size of his cabinet.