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Ivory Coast to Retire 1,000 Soldiers to Slim Down Military

Ivory Coast will cut its armed forces by about 1,000 troops by the end of the year, a government spokesman said Wednesday, in a bid to rationalize a costly and sometimes unruly military.

Government spokesman Bruno Kone told reporters after a cabinet meeting that the 997 soldiers had accepted voluntary retirement this year as part of an initiative to conform to "accepted standards," partly by reducing the ratio of noncommissioned officers to lower ranks.

Ivory Coast does not give details on the size of its military, but security sources estimate there are more...


Published By: Africa.,. - Wednesday, 6 December