The Ivory Coast Presidency has named the country’s defence minister, Hamed Bakayoko, as the new prime minister.
Bakayoko has been acting as interim prime minister since the sudden death of Amadou Gon Coulibaly on July 8.
A close associate of President Alassane Ouattara and a pillar of the regime, Bakayoko, 55, has held the defence portfolio since 2017, after serving as interior minister from 2011.
“The President of the Republic has signed a decree appointing Mr. Hamed Bakayoko as prime minister,” while he will keep his defence role, according to the presidency’s statement on Thursday.
Bakayoko, 55, was a founding member of the Rally of the Republicans (RDR) party in 1994 and was in charge of the party’s daily newspaper, Le Patriote. It is part of the RHDP coalition.
The unexpected death of Coulibaly, who had been handpicked by Ouattara to succeed him, left his governing party scrambling to find a replacement three months ahead of the presidential election.