Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly revamps ministry of mines
Ivory Coast's Mines, Petroleum and Energy Minister Mamadou Sangafowa Coulibaly is appointing his team within the various departments of the ministry, one year after taking office.
The coming election to succeed Jean-Marie Ackah as president of the Ivory Coast employers' association CGECI is expected to be a mere formality, as the electoral committee has received only the application of Ahmed Cissé.
Patrick Achi, Tidjane Thiam, and Jean-Louis Billon are among the names being bandied about as future Ivorian leaders after the 2025 election. But all three might be adversely affected by the constitutional ban on presidential candidates holding dual nationality.
The Ivorian president has reprimanded his government over the slow pace of the reforms it is meant to be carrying out. He also pointedly noted that Prime Minister Patrick Achi must take precedence over the executive director of the ruling party, Adama Bictogo.
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.