Ivory Coast gov't nearly unchanged

Tue Mar 13, 2012 6:28pm GMT

ABIDJAN, March 13 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast named a new government on Tuesday in which most ministers from the previous government, including Finance Minister Charles Koffi Diby, retained their posts, a presidency official said.

Former Justice Minister Jeannot Kouadio Ahoussou becomes Prime Minister replacing Guillaume Soro, and Loma Cisse Mattou replaces Ahoussou as Justice Minister Delegate, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Secretary General of the Presidency told a news conference.

Diby's retention of his post will mitigate concerns that Ivory Coast will change the payment schedule on its 2032 $2.3 billion bond which went into default after the disputed November poll, analysts have said. (Reporting by Loucoumane Coulibaly; Writing by Richard Valdmanis)

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