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View on Africa: consolidating peace in Côte d'Ivoire
Date: 30 September 2015
Time: 11h00 - 12h00
Venue: Online via VoiceBoxer

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The issue

On 25 October, Ivorians will head to the polls to elect their next president. They will have 10 candidates to choose from including outgoing president Alassane Ouattara. Côte d’Ivoire’s political scene remains highly polarised since the post-election crisis of 2010 – 2011, which resulted in over 3 000 deaths.

As many opposition parties continue to call into question the conditions in which the elections are organised, it is important to link immediate electoral stakes with medium and long-term stability issues in Côte d'Ivoire.

Dr Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni, office head and senior researcher in Dakar, presented this week’s View on Africa. 

Key points 

  • As elections approach, the political scene is still highly polarised.
  • Some opposition parties or coalitions continue to call in question the condition in which the elections are organised.
  • The main opposition party, the FPI, is deeply divided.
  • The opposition, regrouped in various coalitions and around various candidates, is weakened.
  • The coalition in power has the upper hand with a single candidate, Alassane Ouattara, for the first run.

What to watch

  • The capacity of opposition coalitions to question the credibility of the polls and of the results.
  • The risk of localised instability during the elections period.
  • The future of the coalition in power after the elections.
  • The opening of Laurent Gbagbo’s trial and its impact on the political scene.
  • Political positioning ahead of the 2020 elections.

About View on Africa

Do you want to know what's happening in Africa, where it's happening and what it means for the continent's many actors?

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Vues d’Afrique : consolider la paix en Côte d'Ivoire

Le 25 octobre prochain les ivoiriens se rendront aux urnes pour élire leur président. Ils devront choisir parmi dix candidats, dont Alassane Ouattara, le président sortant.

De nombreux partis d’opposition continuent de remettre en cause les conditions d’organisation des elections.

La scène politique de Côte d’Ivoire demeure fortement polarisée après la crise postélectorale de 2010-2011 qui s’est soldée par plus de 3000 morts.

Cette édition de “Vues d’Afrique” sera présentée par Dr. Lori-Anne Théroux-Bénoni, directrice et chercheure principale au bureau de Dakar.

Sa presentation démontrera l’importance de lier les questions électorales immédiates aux enjeux de stabilité à moyen et long terme pour la Côte d’Ivoire.

À propos de Vues d’Afrique

Vous voulez savoir ce qu’il se passe en Afrique, quand cela se passe et ce que cela signifie pour les nombreux acteurs du continent ?

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