Côte d’Ivoire / UNOCI chief congratulates new National Assembly President and new Prime Minister

ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, March 14, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire, Bert Koenders, today sent letters of congratulations to the new president of the National Assembly, Guillaume Soro for his “brilliant election” as the head of parliament, and the new Prime Minister Jeannot Ahoussou Kouadio.

Mr. Koenders said that he was convinced that under the leadership of Mr. Soro, the National Assembly would be a place of democratic debate on the concerns of Ivorians. He assured him of the continued support of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).

In his letter to the new Prime Minister, the Special Representative highlighted the multiple priorities facing Côte d’Ivoire during this pivotal period in the country’s history, such as security, social cohesion, national reconciliation and economic recovery. He assured the Prime Minister that UNOCI stood ready to support and assist him in accordance with its mandate and resources.

Mr. Soro, who was elected on 12 March 2012, was Prime Minister became 2007, while Mr. Ahoussou was Minister of Justice, a post that he has kept in the new Government which was formed on Tuesday, 13 March 2012.


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