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Vol 61 No 15

Published 23rd July 2020

Côte d'Ivoire

Quest for a new dauphin

The death of the prime minister faces the president with difficult choices. One of his riskiest options is to try to stay on

Politics is in deep turmoil following the sudden death on 8 July of the man widely expected to have become the new president by the end of the year, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly. It was only in March that President Alassane Ouattara, after finally giving up the idea of standing for a third term of office, effectively anointed the uncharismatic Gon Coulibaly to succeed him as presidential candidate for the ruling Rassemblement des Houphouëtistes pour le Développement et la Paix (RHDP).

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