Political Jockeying Puts Cote d’Ivoire’s Reconciliation in Jeopardy

Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara in Paris, Jan. 27, 2012 (AP photo by Thibault Camus).
Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara in Paris, Jan. 27, 2012 (AP photo by Thibault Camus).
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Earlier this month, Cote d’Ivoire’s opposition parties rejected Youssouf Bakayoko’s re-election as the head of the country’s election commission. Bakayoko, a member of President Alassane Ouattara’s ruling coalition, has served as head of the commission since it was set up in 2010. The rejection was a reminder of both the fractious nature of Ivorian politics and the deep ambivalence within the opposition Front Populaire Ivoirien (FPI) about reaching agreement with the Ouattara administration. Reform of the electoral commission, which parliament approved in May 2014, was meant to be a further step in political reconciliation and normalization, but the new makeup […]

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