Côte d’Ivoire constitutional referendum sparks distrust

Peter Penar, Michigan State University In May 2016 Côte d’Ivoire’s President Alassane Ouattara set up a committee of experts to propose a new constitution. This came after he had promised to reform the constitution during his 2015 presidential campaign. The existing 2000 constitution bars citizens who are not born to an Ivoirian mother and father …

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Ivory Coast’s journey to democracy: an under-reported good news story

John J Stremlau, University of the Witwatersrand Ivory Coast is rapidly becoming a politically capable democracy – one able to inspire and partner with its neighbours in recovering from decades of chaos and state collapse. It is a counterpoint to more general international fears of democracy’s decline. Just four years ago, global news from Ivory …

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African Leaders Speak at 2014 UN General Assembly – Part III

Nearly every sitting African head of state has spoken during the opening debate of the 69th United Nations General Assembly, or is scheduled to do so. Here are brief excerpts from the speeches delivered on Friday, September 26, with links to the full reported remarks, in chronological order. For the speeches by African leaders that …

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