Ivory Coast's president changes top ministers in new gov't

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara replaces top ministers in new government after he is re-elected

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara replaced top ministers in the government of French-speaking West Africa's largest economy on Tuesday in a cabinet shake-up that follows his re-election in a landslide poll victory last year.

Ouattara changed his justice and foreign ministers as well as the key deputy ministers of finance and defence, a senior official with the presidency said at a news conference. The defence and finance portfolios are held by Ouattara and Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan. 

Ouattara was elected for a second five-year term in October with nearly 84 percent of the vote in a poll intended to mark an end to nearly a decade of crises capped by a civil war in 2011.

In 2010 high tensions led to an election being postponed six times and after former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to deliver the presidency to Ouattara who won the election, the world’s top cocoa producer was polarised leading to sporadic political violence which lasted for a year and left 3,000 people dead.

TRTWorld, Reuters