Ivory Coast's government has named a former rebel leader as the new army chief, replacing the general who served under the former strongman.
Deputy Minister of Defense Paul Koffi-Koffi on Thursday named Gen. Soumaila Bakayoko to the post. Bakayoko led the rebel forces that helped bring President Alassane Ouattara to power in April.
Bakayoko replaces Gen. Philippe Mangou, who switched loyalties three times between former strongman Laurent Gbagbo and Ouattara.
Gbagbo's refusal to cede power after losing November's election plunged the country into five months of violence. Forces loyal by Ouattara arrested Gbagbo in April, allowing Ouattara to take office in May. Most of Gbagbo's entourage is under arrest and awaiting charges.