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FILE PHOTO: President of Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara speaks during May Day celebrations at the presidential palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, May 1, 2017. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

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ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara replaced ministers in charge of defence, budget and the interior on Wednesday in a reshuffle of key cabinet positions, a government official announced in a statement.

Under the changes, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly will take over the budget portfolio, Patrick Achi, the secretary-general of the presidency, told reporters ahead of the start to a cabinet meeting.

(Reporting by Loucoumane Coulibaly; Editing by Joe Bavier and Emma Farge)

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