January 10, 2017 / 6:29 PM / 7 months ago

Ivory Coast's Ouattara names close ally as new PM

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(L-R) Deputies from the Rally of the Republicans (RDR) Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Amadou Soumahoro and Guillaume Soro are seen during National Assembly president elections in Abidjan, Ivory Coast January 9, 2017.Thierry Gouegnon

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara has named Amadou Gon Coulibaly, a close political ally, as the West African nation's new prime minister, the government said on its official Twitter account.

Coulibaly had been serving as an adviser to the president, in the role of secretary-general.

Reporting by Joe Bavier; editing by Edward McAllister and Gareth Jones

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