In Côte d’Ivoire, President Alassane Ouattara announced on Friday October 6 that he would dismiss his Prime Minister, Patrick Achi, from office starting in 2021, and form a new incoming government. The decision was expected after the President informed members of the government about the upcoming restructuring during a Cabinet meeting held on September 28.
Mr. Ouattara signed a decree “Suspension of functions of Prime Minister, Head of Government and Members of Government”, according to a press release read by General Secretary to the President, Abdurahman Cisse. The Head of State revealed “His thanks to Prime Minister Patrick Achi and all members of the Government for their dedication to the service of the nation in recent years.”.
Patrick Achi was appointed in March 2021 after Hamed Bakayoko died of cancer, succeeding Amadou Khon Coulibaly who died in July 2020. He resigned in April 2022 and immediately returned to his post during a brief transition. Last month, he won a comfortable victory in local elections in the Mé (South) region.
The next restructuring should be very important and the Houphouëtists Rally for Democracy and Peace (RHDP, in power) represent the heavyweights in the 2025 presidential election by winning 60% of the communes and 80% of the regions in the September elections, promising that the RHDP will be the favorite in the elections. Who will be his candidate remains to be seen: Alasane Otara is yet to comment on whether or not he wants to run for a fourth term.
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