Seydou Diarra

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Seydou Elimane Diarra
Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire
In office
18 May 2000 – 18 October 2000
Preceded by Daniel Kablan Duncan
Succeeded by Pascal Affi N'Guessan
Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire
In office
10 February 2003 – 7 December 2005
Preceded by Pascal Affi N'Guessan
Succeeded by Charles Konan Banny
Personal details
Born (1933-11-23) 23 November 1933 (age 80)
Katiola, French West Africa
Profession Diplomat

Seydou Elimane Diarra (born 23 November 1933[1]) is an Ivorian political figure who was Prime Minister in 2000 and again from 2003 to 2005.

Diarra was born in Katiola.[1] Prior to joining the government, he was an Ambassador to the European Economic Community and Brazil and was President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Côte d'Ivoire. After the December 1999 military coup, he was appointed as Minister of State for Planning, Development, and Government Cooperation on 4 January 2000, under transitional President Robert Guéï.[1] He was subsequently Prime Minister from May 2000 to October 2000.

He was again appointed as Prime Minister in February 2003 as part of a deal to end the country's 2002-2003 civil war, because he was widely considered to be a neutral figure; however, many supporters of President Laurent Gbagbo accused him of not taking a strong stance against the rebels, despite their failure to disarm in October 2004, and demanded his resignation.

On 5 December 2005, African Union mediators announced that Diarra was to be replaced by Charles Konan Banny, effective on 7 December.

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Preceded by
Daniel Kablan Duncan
Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire
2000
Succeeded by
Pascal Affi N'Guessan
Preceded by
Pascal Affi N'Guessan
Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire
2003-2005
Succeeded by
Charles Konan Banny