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Vol 53 No 1

Published 6th January 2012

Côte d'Ivoire

Smart money, prickly politics

Tension will persist over attempts to integrate government armed forces and guerrillas, and to demobilise large numbers of soldiers

Ex-President Laurent Gbagbo’s trial at the Hague may raise ethnic and political tension but if President Alassane Dramane Ouattara can keep the lid on this, the promising economic prospects may help the country to recover well from the recent violence. The smooth running of the parliamentary elections on 11 December was a good start (AC Vol 52 No 24). By themselves, they cannot ensure reconciliation, especially since the previously ruling Front Populaire Ivoirien boycotted them, but they still help to broaden Ouattara’s base and consolidate his power without highlighting Gbagbo’s defeat and humiliation.

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