Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio

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Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio
President of the Senate
Assumed office
12 April 2018
Preceded byPosition established
9th Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast
In office
13 March 2012 – 21 November 2012
PresidentAlassane Ouattara
Preceded byGuillaume Soro
Succeeded byDaniel Kablan Duncan
Personal details
Born (1951-03-06) 6 March 1951 (age 68)
Raviart, French West Africa
(now Ivory Coast)
Political partyPDCI

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.

Ahoussou-Kouadio 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] Since leaving office as Prime Minister, he has served as President of the Regional Council of Bélier Region[3] and as Minister of State at the Presidency for Political Dialogue and Relations with the Institutions.


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.[4] 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.[4] 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]

Ahoussou-Kouadio 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.[5] Ahoussou-Kouadio was subsequently appointed as Minister of State at the Presidency on 9 January 2013.[6][7]

Ahoussou-Kouadio has been the President of the Regional Council of Bélier since 2013. In the government appointed on 12 January 2016, he held the post of Minister of State at the Presidency for Political Dialogue and Relations with the Institutions.[8] It's expected he will become the first President of the Senate on 10 April 2018. [9]


  1. ^ a b c d e Official CV at government website (in French).
  2. ^ a b "Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio nommé Premier ministre en Côte d'Ivoire", Radio France Internationale, 13 March 2012 (in French).
  3. ^ "Le president" Archived 2016-03-11 at the Wayback Machine,, accessed 11 March 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Ahoussou-Kouadio, Premier ministre: le changement dans la continuité en Côte d'Ivoire", Radio France Internationale, 14 March 2012 (in French).
  5. ^ "Former Ivorian foreign minister named PM: official", Agence France-Presse, 21 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Cote d'Ivoire's ex-PM, Jeannot Ahoussou, named minister", Xinhua, 10 January 2013.
  7. ^ Patrick N'Guessan, "Retour d’Ahoussou au Gouvernement : Les dessous d’une nomination - Sa nouvelle mission", Le Mandat, 11 January 2013 (in French).
  8. ^ "Liste des membres du nouveau gouvernement",, 12 January 2016 (in French).
  9. ^ "Côte d'Ivoire: L'ancien Premier ministre Jeannot Ahoussou affirme avoir "l'expérience" pour occuper la présidence du sénat" (in French). 26 March 2018.

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