World Ivory Coast Leader’s Legitimacy at Stake in Vote He’s Set to Win

10:05  30 october  2020
10:05  30 october  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Millions of people in Ivory Coast on Saturday will cast ballots in a high- stakes election that, until recently, was seen Political analyst Nadia Nata agreed: “The boycott won ’t affect Ouattara’ s chances of winning – but it will affect his credibility and legitimacy particularly if opposition supporters boycott

Former Ivory Coast rebel leader Guillaume Soro has told President Macron in a letter that "Ivorians have noticed France' s deafening silence" on the He said France had hailed Mr Ouattara' s initial announcement that he would not seek re-election, but had been quiet after the president accepted his

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Alassane Ouattara wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: Alassane Ouattara at the presidential palace in Abidjan on Oct. 28. © AFP via Getty Images Alassane Ouattara at the presidential palace in Abidjan on Oct. 28.

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara sheltered in a hotel for months after he won 2010 elections, protected by United Nations troops from hostile fighters. A decade on, he’s facing a new challenge: convincing an increasingly skeptical population he can stay on for five more years.

Three months after the sudden death of Ouattara’s protégé and designated successor, then-Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, decades-old rivalries between big-man personalities are threatening to shake up Ivory Coast once again. A country torn apart by succession disputes, war and mutinies since the demise of long-time ruler Felix Houphouet-Boigny in 1993, Gon Coulibaly was meant to be the first of a new generation of leaders.

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BOUAKE, Ivory Coast , Oct 16 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara rejected calls for negotiations on Friday from rivals urging a boycott of an Oct. There won 't be any delay," Ouattara, who is widely considered the election favourite, told local chiefs later in the day, adding that he would

Instead, his death prompted Ouattara to renege on a promise to step down, a decision that spurred the main opposition to boycott the vote and triggered protests that claimed dozens of lives. While Ouattara now appears assured of retaining power in Saturday’s presidential elections, he risks losing the legitimacy he fought for years to get and undermining the stability he’s maintained in the world’s largest cocoa producer.

“You could make the fair argument that he’s the best candidate in terms of experience and continuity,” said Kobi Annan, an analyst at U.K. and Ghana-based Songhai Advisory. “But it’s questionable whether he should have been included in the first place.”

The Constitutional Council ruled last month that Ouattara, 78, could seek re-election, even though presidents are limited to serving two consecutive terms. Ouattara says that a new constitution adopted in 2016 wiped his slate clean -- an argument the opposition has rejected.

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He had won the country’ s first internationally supervised and most inclusive democratic election Ivory Coast ’ s 2015 democratic election may be another example of good news out of Africa that As his legitimacy in office eroded, Gbagbo finally agreed to hold internationally monitored elections in 2010.

But as Ivory Coast heads toward an election on Saturday that Ouattara is unexpectedly contesting and his main opponents are trying to sabotage, that Investors and analysts say they do not expect the vote to lead to an all-out war but warn that disputes about its legitimacy and opposition calls for civil

After taking office in 2011, Ouattara set about reviving an economy that had stagnated for almost a decade and restoring the country to its position as a regional hub in French-speaking West Africa. His administration built bridges, highways, universities and a thermal power station and transformed the main city, Abidjan, into a bustling metropolis that’s attracted companies from Morocco to China. The economy has expanded by an average of more than 7% annually since 2012.

Despite the gains, the government’s focus on large infrastructure projects has frustrated those who feel excluded from the building bonanza. That, in turn, has led to allegations of nepotism and graft and complaints that Ouattara’s rule has primarily benefited members of his Dioula ethnic group, which hails from the country’s north.

Ouattara has named relatives to senior positions in the presidency and ruling party officials have won state contracts that never went out to public tender. The ruling party says the complaints are unfair.

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He said a total of six attackers were later killed by soldiers, adding: 'I am very proud of our security forces who reacted so fast I have always said that Abidjan [ Ivory Coast ] and Dakar [Senegal] are the next targets for jihadist groups because these two countries represent windows of France in Africa.

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A former deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Ouattara entered politics in the 1990s after he was appointed prime minister. He was barred from running in 1995 and 2000 presidential elections after rivals questioned his citizenship because his father was born in the French colony that’s now Burkina Faso.

When he was finally able to participate in a 2010 vote, then-President Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede defeat and ordered heavily armed troops to attack the hotel Ouattara used as his campaign headquarters. The standoff, which killed at least 3,000 people and prompted military intervention from UN and French troops, ended five months later with Gbagbo’s arrest. Gbagbo, who was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison for looting the central bank during the standoff, lives in Belgium and was excluded from running.

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Ouattara’s ruling coalition, which included former President Henri Konan Bedie’s Democratic Party of Ivory Coast from 2010, fell apart last year over internal rivalry over Ouattara’s succession. The 86-year-old Bedie, who commands strong support among his fellow Baoule, the nation’s other main ethnic group that’s concentrated in the southeast region, insisted his party should nominate the alliance’s candidate this year in return for his support for Ouattara in 2010 and 2015.

“Over the years Ouattara has proven himself to be a skilled politician with a sense of tactics –- he’s often a few steps ahead of his opponents,” said Flan Moquet Cesar, political scientist and director of the Abidjan Political Research Center. “He will need to tread carefully or he’ll risk both economic and social instability.”

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