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Vol 64 No 24

Published 30th November 2023

Côte d'Ivoire

Will Tidjane Thiam's 'grand retour' succeed?

The former chief executive of Prudential and Credit Suisse is returning to national politics as presidential contender

A big choice faces the internal elections committee of the Parti démocratique de Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI), the long-time ruling party now in opposition, as they prepare to choose a new leader after the death of former head of state Henri Konan Bédié on 1 August. Will they nit-pick over the rules to shut out Tidjane Thiam who has returned home after more than two decades? Or will they brush aside such quibbles aside to open the door to a candidate who could give the PDCI a serious chance in the presidential elections in 2025?

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