Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio

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Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio
Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast
In office
13 March 2012 – 21 November 2012
President Alassane Ouattara
Preceded by Guillaume Soro
Succeeded by Daniel Kablan Duncan
Personal details
Born (1951-03-06) 6 March 1951 (age 63)
Raviart, French West Africa
(now Ivory Coast)
Political party PDCI

Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio (born 6 March 1951[1]) is an Ivorian politician who was Prime Minister of Ivory Coast from March 2012 to November 2012. Previously he was Minister of Industry from 2002 to 2005 and Minister of Justice from 2010 to 2012. He is a member of the Democratic Party of Ivory Coast – African Democratic Rally (PDCI–RDA), a party led by former President Henri Konan Bédié.[2]

Career[edit]

Ahoussou-Kouadio was born at Raviart, located in the Tie-N'Diekro subprefecture. A business lawyer by profession, he is a long-time member of the PDCI-RDA and has held various party posts. He was appointed as a member of the Economic and Social Council of Ivory Coast in 1999, and he was elected to the National Assembly of Ivory Coast in the December 2000 parliamentary election, representing the constituency of Didievi and Tie-N'Diekro. At the PDCI-RDA's 11th congress, held in 2002, he was designated as its Deputy Secretary-General for Legal Affairs.[1]

Under President Laurent Gbagbo, Ahoussou-Kouadio was appointed as Minister of Industry and the Promotion of the Private Sector on 5 August 2002[1] as part of a national unity government.[3] He remained in that post until December 2005.[1] He was the director of Bédié's campaign during the first round of the October–November 2010 presidential election; after Bédié placed third and gave his support to Alassane Ouattara, Ahoussou-Kouadio served as deputy director of Ouattara's campaign for the second round.[3] Both Gbagbo and Ouattara claimed victory in the second round; Ouattara proclaimed himself President and appointed Ahoussou-Kouadio as Minister of State for Justice and Human Rights on 5 December 2010.[1]

He was appointed as Prime Minister by President Ouattara on 13 March 2012, fulfilling Ouattara's promise to appoint a member of Bédié's party as Prime Minister. As Prime Minister, he retained the justice portfolio.[2] However, he remained in office for less than a year; on 21 November 2012, President Ouattara appointed Foreign Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan, also a member of the PDCI, to replace Ahoussou-Kouadio.[4] Ahoussou-Kouadio was subsequently appointed as Minister of State at the Presidency on 9 January 2013.[5][6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Guillaume Soro
Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast
2012
Succeeded by
Daniel Kablan Duncan