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Ivory Coast: Ruling coalition crisis

Ivory Coast

<p>Disagreements and incisive speeches through the media. This is what the pro and anti unified party are doing in Ivory Coast, following the expulsion of 18 elected members of the <span class="caps">PDCI</span>’s Executive Board. </p> <p>The latter are accused of having participated prematurely in the constitution of the unified party <span class="caps">RHDP</span>. A decision that divides the supporters of the oldest party in Ivory Coast</p> <p>“No one can exclude me from the <span class="caps">PDCI</span>-<span class="caps">RDA</span>. I’m a <span class="caps">PDCI</span>-<span class="caps">RDA</span> activist. But I’m pro-<span class="caps">RHDP</span>. I will never accept the splitting of the <span class="caps">PDCI</span>,” said Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani, Minister of Animal and Fisheries Resources (expelled from the <span class="caps">PDCI</span>-<span class="caps">RDA</span>)</p> <p>Transformation of the ruling coalition into a unified party has been a recurring theme in Ivorian politics over the past decade.</p> <p>President Alassane Ouattara backs the plan, which has met resistence within the party and also from its allies in the <span class="caps">PDC</span>.</p> <p>Political tensions are rising again before a 2020 election. Constitutional term limits appear to prevent Ouattara from standing for a third term, but he said last month that he is free to run again under a new constitution approved in 2016. </p> <p>Ivorian politics is historically volatile, marked by conflicts over land and ethnicity.</p>
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