Côte d’Ivoire: Prime Minister Patrick Achi has resigned

By Jeune Afrique

Posted on Thursday, 14 April 2022 18:36
Alassane Ouattara and Patrick Achi at the presidential palace on 7 April 2021. © LEGNAN KOULA/EPA/MaxPPP
Alassane Ouattara and Patrick Achi at the presidential palace on 7 April 2021. © LEGNAN KOULA/EPA/MaxPPP

The next head of the Ivorian government is expected to be announced next week. He or she will have the task of forming a tightly-knit government consisting of around 30 members.

On 13 April, while everyone was gathered at the presidential palace for the traditional council of ministers, Prime Minister Patrick Achi tendered his resignation and that of his government to Côte d’Ivoire’s President Alassane Ouattara (ADO), who accepted them.

This reshuffle had been discussed since the beginning of the year. Initially planned for January, then February, it comes just one year after Achi was appointed Prime Minister.

While he privately regretted the current administration’s relative lack of efficiency, ADO announced that the next government would be reduced to around 30 members – compared to 41 today, a number that has sometimes been a source of conflict.

“In order to strengthen the effectiveness of government action and take into account the current global economic situation, I have decided to reduce the number of government ministers. Indeed, it is imperative to reduce state spending and re-focus on social and security resilience,” said ADO at the end of the council of ministers.

He said that the new prime minister would be announced next week. These days will be politically decisive as the head of state is due to address parliament on 19 April.

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