Patrick Achi’s resignation: ‘Not really a surprise’

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On Wednesday, April 13, Ivorian Prime Minister Patrick Ache submitted his resignation, as well as the resignation of his government. a team ” Strengthened by about thirty members “It will be named next week to keep it in mind.” global economic conditions President Alassane Ouattara announced. Jeffroy Julian Quao, professor of political science and essayist, analyzes the political stakes of these resignations to the RFI, paving the way for a three-year reshuffle in the presidential election.

RFI: Prime Minister Patrick Achi submitted his resignation yesterday as well as the resignation of members of his government, was this an expected decision or a surprise?

Jeffroy Julian Kow: No, it wasn’t really a surprise. Since the beginning of 2022, observers of the Ivorian political scene have been anticipating a cabinet reshuffle.

Patrick Ache was appointed prime minister over a year ago, after the impressive death of Hamid Bakayoko, do you think the head of state would like to replace him, and where can he be reappointed at the head of the government?

According to my observations, the head of state will appoint a new prime minister. Otherwise, he would have reappointed him immediately after submitting his resignation.

If Patrick Achey is not reappointed, who will be the Prime Minister next week?

The profile of the Prime Minister will depend on what the President of the Republic wants. If he wants a technocrat at the head of the government, we can certainly think of the current Secretary-General of the Presidency, Mr. Abderrahmane Cisse, or even the Director of the Council of Ministers, Mr. Fidel Sarasorro. We can also think of a lady, like Madame Nyali Kabba, Minister of Planning and Development. On the other hand, if the president wants a politician at the head of the government, then he will obviously appoint a member of the RHDP (Rally of the Hofufs for Democracy and Peace). One might now think of Gilbert Connie Kavanaugh, Adama Pictogo, or of giving a feminine touch to the Prime Minister, Candia Camara.

The deadlines for future elections are approaching: municipal elections in 2023, and especially electoral elections in 2025. With this cabinet reshuffle, is Alassane Ouattara already thinking about the role a potential successor could play in the coming months?

Yes, this is totally possible. I think that Alassane Ouattara is in the process of transferring power to a new generation. It is certain that Patrick Achey will be named next week before Congress, with the approval of the Vice President of the Republic in Parliament. This obviously makes him the presidential dolphin in a power vacuum.

Does this upcoming cabinet reshuffle reflect a form of political calculation?

Yes, we can say that, in the sense that the next government could see the arrival of Pascal Ave Nguessan or some of his executives from the Ivorian Popular Front to allow Alassane Ouattara to form an alliance with this party. Left in light of the 2025 presidential election, where Laurent Gbagbo of the People’s Party of Africa (PPACI) and Henri Konan Bédié of the PDCI (Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire) show tendencies to run. .

The President of the Republic, Alassane Ouattara, has previously announced that the future government will be tighter, as we are talking about thirty ministers instead of the current 41. How can government work be more effective by reducing the number of ministers, and what are the ministerial portfolios that can disappear, according to you?

In Côte d’Ivoire, since Houphouët-Boigny we have been experiencing hyperinflation. We have too many governments, and we currently have 42 ministers, and that often leads to certain conflicts of jurisdiction between different departments. I think that by reducing the number of ministries, this makes it possible to achieve budget savings and really address the problems of Ivorians, including social issues and purchasing power.

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