Côte d’Ivoire: The new Ouattara government

By Vincent Duhem
Posted on Friday, 3 June 2022 13:52

In front of the Congress in Yamoussoukro on 19 April 2022, (from left to right), Prime Minister Patrick Achi, Vice-President Tiémoko Meyliet Koné, President Alassane Ouattara, as well as Jeannot Ahoussou Kouadio and Adama Bictogo, respectively heads of the Senate and the National Assembly. © SIA KAMBOU/AFP
In front of the Congress in Yamoussoukro on 19 April 2022, (from left to right), Prime Minister Patrick Achi, Vice-President Tiémoko Meyliet Koné, President Alassane Ouattara, as well as Jeannot Ahoussou Kouadio and Adama Bictogo, respectively heads of the Senate and the National Assembly. © SIA KAMBOU/AFP

By appointing a vice-president, Côte d'Ivoire’s head of state Alassane Ouattara has finished assembling his team, the process of which was disrupted by the deaths of prime ministers Amadou Gon Coulibaly and Hamed Bakayoko in 2021.

With its long, rarely congested alleys, wide pavements and luxurious villas, the Beverly Hills district in the commune of Cocody, Abidjan, is home to some of Côte d’Ivoire’s biggest fortunes. Businessmen, general managers and leading politicians have taken up residence there, including Patrick Achi, the current head of government, and Kandia Kamara, the foreign affairs minister. Tiémoko Meyliet Koné, the newly appointed vice-president, is their neighbour.