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AssessmentsDec 19, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
The scene at a meeting of Ivorian opposition parties on Sept. 14, 2019, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast.
In Ivory Coast, an Impending Election Portends Instability
When Ivorians go to the polls in October 2020, they won't just be electing a new president, they'll also be testing the country's political stability. During the last decade, Ivory Coast has enjoyed rapid economic growth, averaging 8 percent of gross domestic product per year, following deadly and destabilizing post-electoral violence in 2010. Yet while the growth has been impressive, political reconciliation has lagged. As political forces in the country's three main regions gear up for battle next year, the question of whether Ivory Coast can prevent its political ghosts from returning to haunt the country -- and opening the door for Sahel-based militants to make more inroads in the process -- will be paramount for both the nation's stability and foreign investors.
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Partner PerspectivesFeb 4, 2019 | 11:00 GMT
Nigeria's Obafemi Awolowo arrives in London on May 10, 1957.
Ethnicity Blights Democratization and Nation-Building in Africa
One of the problems undermining liberal democracy in Africa is ethnicity. In fact, despite the rise of multiparty democracy on the continent, the electoral decision-making processes are often defined by vitriolic rivalries between clans and cultural groupings. While agreeing that ethnicity predates colonial Africa, its prominence today is arguably a by-product of the balkanization of Africa by European powers. The arbitrary borders created at the Berlin Conference of 1884-85 confined different ethnic groups to specific states. Many of those boundaries enclosed hundreds of diverse and independent groups with no common history, culture, language or religion.
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AssessmentsFeb 22, 2017 | 09:30 GMT
The Hidden Threat to Africa’s Most Promising Economy
The Hidden Threat to Africa's Most Promising Economy
Mutinies aren't unheard of in Ivory Coast, but lately they have become much more common within the country’s persistently underfunded military. Since Jan. 6, a spate of revolts has broken out among Ivorian forces, temporarily wreaking havoc in at least 10 different cities across the West African country. The latest bout of unrest, which began on Feb. 7, even involved members of an elite special forces unit. Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara has tried to placate the renegade troops by meeting some of their demands, but his acquiescence has only spurred new claims and public airing of grievances from other parts of the military. The unrest offers a rare glimpse into the deeper structural issues plaguing Africa's fastest-growing economy that, if left unaddressed, could threaten the country's stability ahead of its next presidential election in 2020.
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AssessmentsDec 13, 2016 | 09:33 GMT
The Secret to Senegal's Success
The Secret to Senegal's Success
Senegal has long been an entry point into Africa. Situated at the far west end of the continent on the Atlantic coast, the country has drawn foreign powers -- from Arab traders to European empires -- to its shores for centuries. More recently, Senegal has maintained a quiet influence in West Africa and in the Francophone world, despite its relative lack of natural resources, economic development and population size. The secret to its enduring importance lies in its geography and relative political stability.
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AssessmentsAug 18, 2016 | 09:30 GMT
A Presidential Power Play Underway in Ivory Coast
A Presidential Power Play Underway in Ivory Coast
President Alassane Ouattara of Ivory Coast is moving to fulfill his 2015 campaign promise to put a new constitution up for ratification. The resolution authorizing the draft of a new charter passed overwhelmingly in the Ivorian National Assembly, 203-6, and the document, which is being drafted by a panel of experts, will be the subject of a popular referendum likely by the end of October. It appears it will pass despite some political opposition. Three clauses written into the draft constitution may greatly improve the stability of Ivory Coast, which has seen annual economic growth averaging almost 9 percent since 2012. The stability of French-speaking Africa's largest and most well-developed country in turn would affect the wider region, especially landlocked Burkina Faso. The changes are especially important as Guillaume Soro, the president of the Ivorian National Assembly and a former rebel commander, attempts to secure his political future while Ouattara
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AssessmentsApr 22, 2011 | 14:14 GMT
New Rivalries Arise in Ivory Coast
Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara is attempting to stabilize the security environment in the country, but new tensions are arising among those who helped him attain power.
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AssessmentsDec 3, 2010 | 21:20 GMT
Post-election Trouble in Cote d'Ivoire
Cote d'Ivoire is likely to see protests after the constitutional council ruled incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo winner of a presidential runoff election.
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