Ivory Coast Reshuffles Cabinet, Replaces Key Ministers 

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara replaced ministers in charge of defence, budget and the interior on Wednesday in a reshuffle of key cabinet positions, a government official announced in a statement.

The world’s top cocoa producer has endured successive waves of army mutinies this year that have cost it hundreds of millions of dollars in pay-outs to soldiers and tarnished Ivory Coast’s image as a post-war success story.

Hamed Bakayoko, who had been serving as Interior Minister, took over the defence post, according to the statement read to reporters by Patrick Achi, the secretary-general of the presidency, before the start to a cabinet meeting.

Meanwhile Sidiki Diakite, the prefect of Ivory Coast’s main city Abidjan, was named Interior Minister. Reuters