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Ivory coast names first ever vice president

Strongman Alassane Ouattara has designated Daniel Kablan Duncan as vice president. The former Prime minister has made history in the political life of Ivory Coast as he remains the first ever vice president.

 President Ouattara on Tuesday named former Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan as vice-president, a new post created under a constitution approved by referendum late last year. His appointment came prior to his resignation Monday as the Prime minister of the West African nation. However, a key aide to the head of state Amadou Gon Coulibaly was Wednesday chosen as the new premier to replace Mr Duncun in his duty as the prime minister. Being an economist, Duncan has occupied major positions under the current regime. Ouattara in a speech to lawmakers said Mr. Duncan is a person of experience, a great servant of the state, who has demonstrated his exceptional personal and professional qualities in all the high functions he has occupied. Duncan previously served as Prime Minister 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. The post of vice-president was included in a new constitution enacted in November to help ensure a smooth transfer of power should the sitting president dies or is incapacitated while in office. According to pundits, naming Duncan as vice president is a vehicle to allow Ouattara to groom a successor for when he concludes his second and final term in 2020.

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