Is Cote d’Ivoire’s Instability Here to Stay?

Is Cote d’Ivoire’s Instability Here to Stay?
Ivorian troops during an election rally for President Alassane Ouattara, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Oct. 23, 2015 (AP photo by Schalk van Zuydam).

Editor’s Note: Every Friday, WPR Associate Editor Robbie Corey-Boulet curates the top news and analysis from and about the African continent.

More than six months after a series of military mutinies kicked off in the city of Bouake, Cote d’Ivoire still can’t shake the intermittent unrest that has provided a dark counternarrative to what was once widely viewed as a sterling post-conflict success story.

Last weekend, three soldiers were killed when shooting erupted at a military camp in the northern city of Korhogo; gunfire was also reported in the Abidjan neighborhood of Abobo. This was followed by further violence on Wednesday, when, as Reuters reported, gunmen attacked the base of the CCDO rapid response security unit in Abidjan, making off with weapons.

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