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Vol 40 No 20

Published 8th October 1999

Côte d'Ivoire

No holds barred

The bitter government campaign for the presidency scares investors and stirs up hate

The bitter pre-election campaign for the national presidency is wrecking the country's reputation for stability and its hopes for the foreign loans and investments that it needs. Côte d'Ivoire has long had a poor debt and fiscal record but could always count on a stable political climate and French support to win the goodwill of creditors and donors. Now, though, President Henri Konan Bédié is determined to be re-elected and his government has launched a virulent campaign against his only serious rival, Alassane Dramane Ouattara.

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