IVORY COAST Issue dated 04/03/2021

Ouattara looks to fill gap left by his absent prime minister

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara (R) and his Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko (L) during the 2020 presidential campaign.
Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara (R) and his Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko (L) during the 2020 presidential campaign. © Legnan Koula/EPA/Newscom/MaxPPP
The Ivorian president has been without a prime minister since 18 February. Hamed Bakayoko, who has health problems, is currently in Paris where he had a meeting with Ouattara on 1 March. The head of state is looking for ways to reorganise the government to deal with Bakayoko's absence, which looks likely to last several weeks. [...] (465 words)
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