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January 10, 2017
Reshuffle in I.Coast, security chiefs out after mutiny
Abidjan (AFP) Jan 9, 2017
Ivory Coast initiated a post-election reshuffle on Monday and fired the heads of its armed forces and police after a brief army mutiny that stoked security fears in the world's top cocoa producer. President Alassane Ouattara issued a statement saying he had accepted the resignations of Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan and the cabinet, who would stay in office until their replacements were appointed. The decision had been widely expected, coming on the heels of a legislative elections last mon ... read more

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