By News Wire—–
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara named a close confidant, Patrick Achi, as Prime Minister on Friday, following the death of the West African country’s second premier in less than eight months.
Achi’s nomination was announced in a brief statement by Ouattara’s current chief of staff, Fidel Sarassoro.
Ouattara ran for and won a third term last October after his then-prime minister and chosen successor, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, died in July.
Achi and his government will need to address social tensions and take steps to support the economy as it recovers from the impact of the coronavirus. Economic growth slowed to below 2% in 2020 from 6.5% a year earlier.
Achi, 65, studied in Paris and got his start in government in the late 1990s with Ivory Coast’s national electricity company, where he served as chairman of the board.