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Vol 58 No 20

Published 6th October 2017

Côte d'Ivoire

On Ouattara's terms

The President whips his party into shape but the future of the coalition and its next presidential candidate is less clear

The third ordinary congress of the Rassemblement des républicains (RDR), held in Abidjan on 9 and 10 September, nine years after the second, was a mass rally to celebrate the achievements of Alassane Dramane Ouattara's government and sing the praises of the President, who led the party from the political wilderness in the late 1990s to centre-stage. There was satisfaction all round, particularly for the powerful political operator, party financier and businessman Adama Bictogo, who had been tasked with organising the congress. Yet his reward did not extend to inclusion in the RDR's new top leadership team, even though he had been tipped for a plum position.

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