By Enyichukwu Enemanna
A former Minister and Governor of the autonomous district of Abidjan, Robert Mambe Beugre has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of Côte D’Ivoire
In a statement issued on Monday, the Secretary General of the Presidency, Abdourahmane Cisse said President Alassane Ouattara signed the decree to appoint Beugre the new Prime Minister.
The newly appointed prime minister has been assigned to propose a new government “as soon as possible” to President Ouattara.
Beugre takes over from Patrick Achi, who was dismissed on October 6, the same day President Ouattara dissolved the government by decree.
Ouattara upon assumption of office in 2011, appointed Beugre a stalwart of the Rally of Houphouëtists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) — as Governor of the Abidjan Autonomous District.
It was a strategic position that he has held until today.
During the recent local elections on 2 September, he was elected Mayor of the Songon commune, located about 30 kilometres west of Abidjan.
Following his dismissal, Achi and the former government have been temporarily in office, as outlined in the presidential note.
Achi had been Prime Minister since March 2021, appointed after the death of his predecessor, Hamed Bakayoko
Bakayoko had himself succeeded Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who passed away in July 2020.