Ivory Coast Prime Minister Resigns

President Alassane Ouattara revealed during a cabinet meeting that Ivorian Prime Minister Patrick Achi has submitted his resignation as well as that of his administration.

The meeting happened on Wednesday in Abidjan, the Ivorian capital.

Achi was the third prime minister in the West African state in the last three years.

The president is expected to address a joint session of the West African country’s parliament on April 19, a government spokesman told Reuters.

A slimmer cabinet will be more efficient and in tune with the global economic climate, Ouattara said during the cabinet meeting at which he accepted the government’s resignation.

“It is imperative to reduce state spending and re-focus on social and security resilience,” he added.

He did not specify which ministerial positions would be cut.

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