Ivorien National Assembly Re-elect Soumahoro as Speaker

Amadou Soumahoro, candidate of Ivory Coast’s ruling party, RHDP, has been reappointed as head of the National Assembly, following the March 6 legislative elections won by the ruling party.

The result of the election was announced Tuesday by the oldest member of parliament, Mamadou Diawara, who chaired the ceremony.

Former minister and founding member of President Ouattara’s party, Soumahoro received 158 votes out of 247 voters, compared to 85 votes for opposition candidate Eliane N’Zi. The required majority was 128 votes.

The ruling party, Rally of Houphouëtists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP), won an absolute majority in the National Assembly with 137 seats out of 254, against 91 for the opposition parties.

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Amadou Soumahoro plans for his orientation speech to be delivered at the first regular session scheduled for Thursday.

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