Postponed several times, the mini reshuffle of the Ivorian government has finally taken place this Wednesday 13, May 2020, according to Spokesperson Patrick Achi. The two previously vacant cabinets of Foreign Affairs & Culture have now been filled respectively by Ally Coulibaly, formerly of African Integration and Raymond Koffie taking over from Culture's Maurice Bandaman, who was appointed chief diplomat in Paris. Mabri Toikeuse of the UDPCI, was sacked. His rival at UDPCI, but more favourable to the ruling party RHDP, Albert Flinde heads the Ministry of African Integration , whilts his Higher Education position goes to Adama Diawara. Roger Adom, who had been until today, general manager of the Vivendi Africa Group (GVA) Côte d'Ivoire is the new Minister of Administrative Reforms. Secretary of State Philippe Legré, was confirmed as Minister of Maritime Affairs.
In a video circulating Monday on social media, President Ouattara was seen cheerfully exchanging plaisantries with Prime minister Gon, thought to be recuperating from a heart operation stent in Paris, France. It was then hinted that there would soon be good news for Abidjan in the fight against the Coronavirus (Covid-19). The fifty members Ivorian Government is the largest in the history of Côte d'Ivoire. In the district of Abidjan Robert Beugré Mambé remains at the helm, just as Augustin Thiam in the capital, Yamoussoukro. Both have been in office since Ouattara came to power in 2011.