Defence Minister Ouattara reviews predecessor's contracts
The new minister of defence, Téné Birahima Ouattara, has ordered a major audit of contracts worth some €75m signed under the administration of his late predecessor Hamed Bakayoko.
Since prime minister Hamed Bakayoko was evacuated to France on 18 February, his allies and associates have been phoning their contacts frantically to try to get news of him. The Ivorian presidency delayed making announcements to avoid disrupting the parliamentary election count but has now appointed two key presidency figures to take care of pressing government business.
A quiet technocrat who has worked at the presidency for more than 10 years, Fidèle Sarassro is standing in this week's parliamentary elections in his home town of Sinématiali. His campaign is getting strong behind-the-scenes backing from the Ivorian president, who is trying to foster the emergence of new political leaders in the Senufo-dominated north of the country.