IVORY COAST: Prime Minister Philippe Serey-Eiffel Dismissed From Office

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The influential chief of staff of Amadou Gon Coulibaly, Philippe Serey-Eiffel, Ivorian Prime Minister, was dismissed this December 6th. He is replaced by Emmanuel Ahoutou.

Philippe Serey-Eiffel was sacked today from his position as the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff. He does not completely leave Amadou Gon Coulibaly, since he becomes one of his many special advisers.

To succeed him, it is a member of the Democratic Party of Ivory Coast (PDCI) who was chosen. Emmanuel Ahoutou, who arrived at the prime minister under Daniel Kablan Duncan, was previously assistant director of cabinet. The economist also worked with Charles Diby-Koffi, at the time this framework of the PDCI was Minister of Economy.

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Discreet and feared

The dismissal of Philippe Serey-Eiffel is a surprise. Very feared, this Franco-Ivorian who had the rank of minister since 2011 was the only white to sit in the Council of Ministers. This discreet man is a close friend of Amadou Gon Coulibaly.

From 2011 to 2017, when the latter was secretary general of the presidency, Serey-Eiffel was thus delegated secretary general. When Gon Coulibaly is appointed to the primature, early 2017, he takes Serey-Eiffel with him.

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Omnipotent, he followed all the economic and financial files. But lately, he was accused of taking too much freedom and personal initiative.

Beginnings in 1973

Philippe Serey Eiffel, 64, made his debut in the Ivorian administration, under Houphouet-Boigny. In 1973, he joined the Direction and Control of Major Works (DCGTX), then took the lead in 1990, thanks to the arrival of Alassane Dramane Ouattara (ADO) to the Primature. A post where he will be sacked by Henri Konan Bédié in 1994.

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In 2011, when ADO became president, Serey-Eiffel returned to the heart of power. He is then appointed advisor to the President of the Republic in charge of managing economic affairs and infrastructure. Close to the president, this descendant of the builder of the Eiffel Tower, owner of a vineyard in France, was also one of the sommeliers of the presidency.

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