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Ivorien Leader Alassane Ouattara Names Defence Minister New PM

Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara has named Defence Minister Hamed Bakayoko as Prime Minister.

Mr Bakayoko had acted as interim prime minister when his predecessor Amadou Gon Coulibaly was being treated in France and after his sudden death.

The president said Mr Bakayoko will keep his defence role.

Mr Bakayoko’s name had been tipped as a potential candidate for the ruling party in the upcoming October election – before and after Mr Coulibaly’s death.

The ruling party on Wednesday asked President Ouattara to run for a third term, but the 78-year-old leader said he would announce his decision next week.

The opposition has insisted that the president would be violating the constitution if he runs for a third term.

The president had earlier this year said he would not vie for a third term and would pave the way for a new generation of leadership.


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