France approves Ouattara pick for Ivory Coast ambassador
France on Wednesday officially accepted the man would-be Ivory Coast leader Alassane Ouattara has appointed as his country's new ambassador to Paris, the French presidency announced.
Ouattara has been recognised as Ivory Coast's duly elected president by France and the bulk of the international community, but has been unable to take office at home while strongman Laurent Gbagbo clings to power.
Ouattara has named former journalist Ali Coulibaly as his government's representative in France, Ivory Coast's former colonial power, displacing Gbagbo's appointee and ally, Pierre Kipre.
The French government formally accepted the nomination at its weekly cabinet meeting on Wednesday, officials said.
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