Daniel Kablan Duncan

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Daniel Kablan Duncan
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Vice President of Ivory Coast
Assumed office
16 January 2017
President Alassane Ouattara
Preceded by Position established
Prime Minister of Ivory Coast
In office
21 November 2012 – 9 January 2017
President Alassane Ouattara
Preceded by Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio
Succeeded by Amadou Gon Coulibaly
In office
11 December 1993 – 24 December 1999
President Henri Konan Bédié
Preceded by Alassane Ouattara
Succeeded by Seydou Diarra
Personal details
Born (1944-06-30) 30 June 1944 (age 73)
Ouellé, French West Africa (now Ivory Coast)
Political party Democratic Party

Daniel Kablan Duncan (born 30 June 1944) is an Ivorian politician who has been Vice-President of Ivory Coast since January 2017. He previously served as Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire from 11 December 1993 to 24 December 1999 and again from November 2012 to January 2017. He was Minister of Foreign Affairs from June 2011 to November 2012.

Life and career[edit]

Duncan was born at Ouelle on 30 June 1943.[1]

He served as Minister of Finance under Prime Minister Alassane Ouattara in the early 1990s. Following the death of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny on 7 December 1993, Ouattara lost a power struggle with Henri Konan Bédié for the presidency; Ouattara resigned and Duncan was appointed to succeed him as Prime Minister. He remained in charge of finance when he became Prime Minister. He said that he would continue Ouattara's economic policies of austerity and privatization.[2]

Duncan served as Prime Minister for six years, until President Henri Konan Bédié was ousted in a military coup on 24 December 1999.

Duncan was named Minister of Foreign Affairs by President Alassane Ouattara on 1 June 2011. After more than a year in that post, he was appointed to replace Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio as Prime Minister on 21 November 2012. Like Ahoussou-Kouadio, Duncan is a member of the Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI), a party headed by Bédié and allied with President Ouattara's party, the Rally of the Republicans (RDR).[3] The composition of his government was announced on 22 November 2012. Duncan, in addition to serving as Prime Minister, was also assigned the ministerial portfolio for finance and the economy. Meanwhile, Charles Koffi Diby, who had been Minister of Finance in the previous government, replaced Duncan as Minister of Foreign Affairs.[4]

After Ouattara won re-election in October 2015, Duncan and his government resigned on 6 January 2016, but Ouattara immediately reappointed Duncan as Prime Minister.[5]

In the December 2016 parliamentary election, Duncan was elected to the National Assembly as a candidate of the RHDP ruling coalition in Grand-Bassam, receiving 87.46% of the vote.[6] Following the election, Duncan submitted his pro forma resignation as Prime Minister on 9 January 2017. Ouattara then appointed Duncan as Vice-President of Ivory Coast, a post created by the 2016 constitution, on 10 January; he also appointed Amadou Gon Coulibaly to succeed Duncan as Prime Minister on the same day.[7]

Daniel Kablan Duncan was officially sworn in on 16 January 2017.[8]


  1. ^ Africa, issues 269–278 (1994), page 23.
  2. ^ "Côte d'Ivoire's premier calls for continuing austerity plans", The Journal of Commerce, 20 December 1993.
  3. ^ "Former Ivorian foreign minister named PM: official", Agence France-Presse, 21 November 2012.
  4. ^ "PM takes finance portfolio in new Ivorian government", Reuters, 22 November 2012.
  5. ^ Evelyne Aka, "Ivory Coast government resigns but PM stays", Agence France-Presse, 6 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Élection des députés à l'Assemblée nationale. Scrutin du 18 décembre 2016. Résultat national", Independent Electoral Commission, page 25.
  7. ^ "Ivory Coast's Ouattara names close ally as new vice-president", Reuters, 10 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Ivory Coast VP Duncan sworn in". News24. 16 January 2017. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Alassane Ouattara
Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast
Succeeded by
Seydou Diarra
Preceded by
Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio
Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast
Succeeded by
Amadou Gon Coulibaly
New office Vice President of Ivory Coast