January 11, 2017 / 1:05 PM / in a year

Ivory Coast's Ouattara names new government with few changes

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara named a new, slightly smaller government on Wednesday, though there were few changes to major positions, according to a statement read on state-owned television.

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara (R) and new Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly pose for pictures in the Presidential Palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

The finance, budget and agricultural ministers held onto their jobs but Thierry Tanoh, the former head of pan-African Ecobank, replaced Adama Toungara as energy minister. Trade minister Jean-Louis Billon also lost his post.

Despite a two-day mutiny at the weekend that led to the dismissal of the heads of the army, police and gendarmes, the ministers of defence and the interior both kept their jobs.

The cabinet was reduced to 28 ministers from 35 in the previous government and includes seven new members.

Ouattara named Amadou Gon Coulibaly, a close adviser and senior figure in his RDR party, as prime minister on Tuesday.

Reporting by Joe Bavier and Loucoumane Coulibaly; Editing by Louise Ireland

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