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Governor Robert Beugré Mambé Appointed As Ivory Coast’s Prime Minister

Robert Beugré Mambé, the governor of the Abidjan district and previous head of the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI), was chosen Côte d’Ivoire’s new Prime Minister on Monday and is expected to establish a new cabinet within the week, two years before the next presidential election.

President Alassane Ouattara has requested the new Prime Minister to “propose a new government as soon as possible,” according to the Presidency’s Secretary General, Abdourahmane Cissé, who read the decree naming Mr. Mambé.

Robert Beugré Mambé, 71, is best known in Côte d’Ivoire for serving as president of the CEI from 2005 to 2010, just before the country’s catastrophic post-election crisis in 2010-2011. He had taken on this critical role in a war-torn country only to be fired a few months before the presidential election.

This election resulted in a fight between supporters of the winner, Alassane Ouattara, and those of outgoing President Laurent Gbagbo, which killed over 3,000 people.

Robert Beugré Mambé, a Protestant preacher with greying hair and father of four children, has been the governor of the Abidjan district since 2011, overseeing dramatic alterations of the Ivorian commercial hub.

Elected deputy in 2018, he was promoted to number three in the ruling Rassemblement des Houphouetistes pour la Démocratie et la Paix (RHDP) in 2022.

Born in Abiaté, near Dabou (south), Mr. Mambé, like his predecessor Patrick Achi, represents a southern face in a RHDP with a substantial electoral base in the north. He is also a defector from the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI), which was once a single party and is currently the biggest opposition party in the country.

The next presidential election in Ivory Coast is slated for the end of 2025, and Alassane Ouattara has not yet declared if he plans to compete for a fourth term. He stated in February 2022 that he has a half-dozen names in mind for his possible successor.

The RHDP is the clear favorite in 2017 presidential election, especially after winning 60% of the municipalities and 80% of the regions in the local elections in September.

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