22 November 2012

Cote d'Ivoire: Ouattara Names New PM

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara has named Daniel Kablan Duncan as the country's new prime minister, reports Radio France Internationale (RFI).

Duncan, 69, was foreign minister in the government which was dissolved last week.

Like his predecessor, Jeannot Kouadio Ahoussou, who lasted only eight months in the post, the new prime minister is a member of PDCI, the Democratic Party of Cote d'Ivoire of former President Henri Konan Bédié.

Under an informal agreement with Ouattara's party, the Assembly of Republicans (RDR), the position of prime minister is still in the hands of the PDCI.

RFI reports that as early as last March, when Ahoussou was named prime minister, Daniel Kablan Duncan's name was being discussed. Ouattara wanted to nominate him to the position originally, but instead accepted the recommendation of Henri Konan Bédié.

After several months of turmoil within the coalition, Ouattara is putting together the ministerial team he wanted when he prepared to assume office in 2010.

Duncan was prime minister from 1993 to 1999 under the presidency of Henri Konan Bédié before he they were deposed in a coup in 1999.

Adapted by AllAfrica, and translated from the French by Elise Knutsen.

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