Abidjan, 27 April, 2021 / 7:15 pm (ACI Africa).
The newly appointed Prime Minister of Ivory Coast, Patrick Achi, paid a courtesy visit to the country’s Jean Pierre Cardinal Kutwa to receive the Church leader’s blessings, the Premier said in a report following the meeting held at the end of last week.
President Alassane Ouattara appointed Achi as the Prime Minister of the West African nation in March following the death of the former Premier, Hamed Bakayoko.
“This audience that His Eminence Cardinal Kutwa has kindly granted us, at our request, responds, first of all, to an institutional principle that when a prime minister is appointed, he approaches the religious authorities to receive their blessings on his mission,” Prime Minister Achi has been quoted by the local media as saying during the April 24 meeting.
He further said that the meeting was also important as “the Catholic Church is one of the most important religious institutions in our country.”