Cote d’Ivoire retires 2,168 soldiers

Soldiers from Ivory Coast's Special Forces march in a military parade, marking Independence day, near the presidential palace in Abidjan
Soldiers from Ivory Coast's Special Forces march in a military parade, marking Independence day, near the presidential palace in Abidjan August 7, 2012 REUTERS/Luc Gnago (IVORY COAST - Tags: MILITARY ANNIVERSARY POLITICS)

Côte d’Ivoire on Friday reduced the size of its army by 2,168 soldiers as part of a plan to cut costs and bring under control a force that in 2017 launched two mutinies.

Government spokesman Bruno Kone said after a cabinet meeting that 2,168 soldiers had accepted voluntary retirement in an initiative to conform to “accepted standards”, partly by reducing the ratio of non-commissioned officers to lower ranks.

The army’s size is confidential but security sources estimate there are more than 25,000 troops in a country with a population of about 24 million.

Francophone West Africa’s biggest economy suffered successive waves of army mutinies in 2017 that damaged its reputation among investors and forced the government to agree to costly pay rises.

Côte d’Ivoire cut its armed forces by about 1,000 troops in 2017.

Mr Kone told journalists that the latest group includes three officers, 1,460 non-commissioned officers and 705 regular foot soldiers.

(Reuters/NAN)

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