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Which government for the new Ivorian Prime Minister Patrick Achi?

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                Patrick Achi is officially appointed Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire on Friday March 26 after taking the interim head of government shortly before the death of his predecessor Hamed Bakayoko.  He must present a highly anticipated government “as soon as possible”.

                                    <p><em>With our correspondent in Abidjan,</em> <strong>Pierre Pinto</strong>

For weeks, commentators and observers of Ivorian political life have been lost in conjectures about the future government.

First of all, who will take Hamed Bakayoko’s place at Defense? Alassane Ouattara’s brother, Téné Birahima Ouattara nicknamed “Photocopy” who acts as the head of this ministry, could be confirmed there. This is a crucial position, especially in a country that has been shaken by several mutinies in recent years. The president is keen to have a man of great confidence in this post and capable of being listened to by the military.

But since the appointment of Téné Birahima Ouattara as interim, accusations of nepotism have been rising and his unpopularity worries even within the ranks of the ruling party. So its confirmation is not certain.

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Another element of suspense: will this government include opposition figures? The name of Pascal Affi N’guessan has been circulating in the press for some time. Could some PDCI or FPI pro-Gbagbo executives be called in and be tempted? Unlikely to agree commentators.

What will happen to the eight members of the outgoing government who lost in the legislative elections? Will they keep their wallet? Adama Bictogo who saw his victory confirmed in the legislative elections, by the Constitutional Council, will he enter the government? If so, at what position? Finally, how big will this new team be? As a reminder, the previous one exceeded 40 members.

►Also read: In Côte d’Ivoire, Patrick Achi officially appointed Prime Minister by President Ouattara

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