Ivory Coast’s President Ouattara appoints his young brother as defence minister

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Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara has confirmed his younger brother Tene Birahima Ouattara as minister of defence in a smaller cabinet
There are 37 ministers and four secretaries of state in the new cabinet, compared with 41 ministers and six secretaries of state in the previous cabinet.

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Tene Birahima Ouattara was named interim defence minister in March after the death of Hamed Bakayoko, who had held the post alongside his role as prime minister.



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Ouattara won a third term last October, but his opponents claim he violated the constitution by running again. The vote sparked deadly ethnic clashes in which dozens died, raising fears of a repeat of a civil war that killed 3,000 in 2010-11.

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