The Republic of Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has appointed Defence Minister Hamed Bakayoko(55 years old) as Prime Minister(PM)after acting as an interim PM since the sudden death of Amadou Gon Coulibaly on July 8, 2020. Hamed Bakayoko will also hold his position as defence Minister.
Hamed Bakayoko became acting PM on May 2, 2020 due to the absence of Amadou Gon Coulibaly.Amadou Gon Coulibaly was the presidential candidate for the ruling Rassemblement des Houphouëtistes pour le Développement et la Paix (RHDP).
Hamed Bakayoko since 2017 was in defence portfolio after he served as a interior minister from 2011. He has also been mayor of Abobo since 2018. He was minister of new information and communication technology in the national unity government from 2003 to 2011.
He was a former radio and newspaper executive and longtime ally of Alassane Ouattara. He was a founding member of the Rally of the Republicans (RDR) party in 1994 and was in charge of the party’s daily newspaper, Le Patriote. It is part of the RHDP coalition. He had been considered a possible replacement for Amadou Gon Coulibaly as the presidential candidate.