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Vol 52 No 16

Published 5th August 2011

Côte d'Ivoire

100 days of ADO

Fêted in Washington and Paris, Ouattara faces tough questions about stability and politics at home

Security jitters and financial worries have haunted President Alassane Dramane Ouattara’s first 100 days, suggesting he is yet to entrench himself in office after a bloody six-month stand-off with his predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo. ‘We’re encouraged by the progress so far but the area that’s tiring us out is the security plan,’ a ministerial aide confided in Abidjan. Normality is creeping back to city streets in Plateau, Marcory and Cocody, says novelist and poet Véronique Tadjo but she urges leaders to do more to heal ‘the hidden wounds’ in a country divided, north and south, for a decade of crisis and war.

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