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Political troubles may hurt Cote d’Ivoire’s growth surge


Concern that Quattara may be pressured to run for third term is a factor

By Nsikan Ikpe


A rising spate of political troubles in Cote d’Ivoire, one of Africa’s most impressive peace and economic growth stories in recent years may hurt the now established growth surge in that Francophone West African nation, analysts are saying.

This is ahead of presidential elections scheduled for 2020.

One of the problem points has to do with rising uncertainty as to whether incumbent President Alasane Quattara who had earlier stated that he would not run for a third term in that contest, would yet be pressured to run even as he has also pointed out that constitutional amendments secured in 2016 do not directly preclude him from running.

Two other trouble spots has to do with the former rebels of the North and some rumbling within the ruling coalition.

According to World Bank and IMF data, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Ghana are projected to be three of the leading economies in West Africa, Africa and the world in 2018.


President Alasane Quattara of Cote d’Ivoire


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