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Political rift in Ivory Coast raises concerns for 2020

Political rift in Ivory Coast raises concerns for 2020

After more than a decade as allies, two of Ivory Coast’s largest political parties face off in local elections on Saturday after an acrimonious divorce that is making Ivorians nervous ahead of a presidential poll in 2020. The alliance struck in 2005 between President Alassane Ouattara’s RDR and former President Henri Konan Bedie’s PDCI was […]

Ivory Coast’s Ex-First Lady Simone Gbagbo, Along With Hundreds Of Others, Granted Amnesty

Ivory Coast’s Ex-First Lady Simone Gbagbo, Along With Hundreds Of Others, Granted Amnesty

On Monday, one day before Ivory Coast celebrated 58 years of independence, the West African country’s leader announced that he is granting liberty of another kind to hundreds of Ivorians. In a nationally televised address President Alassane Ouattara declared amnesty for some 800 people involved in the bloodshed that followed the 2010 election — including […]

Mutinying Troops Strike Deal With Government in Bouake

Mutinying Troops Strike Deal With Government in Bouake

The Ivory Coast’s government and mutinying troops have reached a final deal at talks in Bouake, government sources said, shortly after talks were interrupted by gunfire at barracks across the country. Hours before the agreement, troops sealed off the northern city of Korhogo and the second largest city, Bouake, where they surrounded the building in […]

Ten African Economies to Watch in 2017

Ten African Economies to Watch in 2017

The continued failure of commodity prices to recover significantly and the global slowdown of economic growth, especially in China and other emerging markets, made 2016 a tumultuous year for many African economies, indeed, “the worst year for average economic growth” in the region in over twenty years, according to a report from Ernst & Young. […]

President Alassane Ouattara Announces Deal to End Army Mutiny

President Alassane Ouattara Announces Deal to End Army Mutiny

Ivory Coast’s president says his government has reached an agreement with mutinying soldiers to end a two-day revolt. The uprising over pay and living conditions had spread to cities across the West African country. President Alassane Ouattara said Saturday he had agreed to take the soldiers’ grievances about pay into account, but voiced strong objections […]

Violence Erupts in Ivory Coast As Ex-Soldiers Demand Pay

Violence Erupts in Ivory Coast As Ex-Soldiers Demand Pay

Gunfire was heard at three military camps in Ivory Coast as former fighters asked for back pay and bonuses. The violence was similar to a 2014 strike where former rebels made similar demands. Violence erupted in three different parts of Ivory Coast on Friday, according to local residents and army officers. Gunfire was heard at […]

Cote d’Ivoire Press Editor Jailed On Charge of Insulting President

Cote d’Ivoire Press Editor Jailed On Charge of Insulting President

Reporters Without Borders is surprised and dismayed to learn that an opposition newspaper editor was placed in pre-trial detention yesterday in Abidjan, although media offences have been decriminalized in Côte d’Ivoire. Joseph Gnanhoua Titi, the publisher and editor of Aujourd’hui, a daily that supports former President Laurent Gbagbo, is being held in Abidjan’s main prison, […]

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