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Country Profile 2014: CÔTE D'IVOIRE

Rebuilding programme gains speed

Security and economic activity have largely improved in Côte d’Ivoire more than two years after the end of the post-election crisis, but Ivorians are still waiting to see improvements to their livelihoods. While the government is proceeding with massive public investments, funding from the private sector remains too low to stimulate a real boom.

 

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Country Profile 2014: CAPE VERDE

Sharing Europe’s doldrums

Cape Verde has hosted a divided government since elections in August 2011. President Jorge Carlos Fonseca represents the Movimento para a Democracia (MpD), while Prime Minister José Maria Neves is from the Partido Africano da Independência de Cabo Verde (PAICV) and is the head of government. The PAICV has 37 out of the 72 seats in the national assembly, but there have not been many cases where the MpD and PAICV have had to work together on laws that require a two-thirds majority.

 

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Country Profile 2014: BURKINA FASO

Opposition needs a new broom

The year 2014 will bring Burkina Faso another step closer to a decision from President Blaise Compaoré on whether he will relinquish power, which he has held since 1987, or attempt to change the constitution to run again in 2015. The opposition and its allies in civil society campaigned against the creation of a senate and the high cost of living in 2013, in attempts to hold the government to account. Inspired by the role of the group Y’en a Marre (Enough is Enough) in Senegal, a group of musicians formed the Balai Citoyen (Citizens’ Broom) to call for a change in government and protest against corruption.

 

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Country Profile 2014: BENIN

Boni Yayi shapes his legacy

Questions about election management are set to dominate the political agenda in 2014. One of the main challenges will be corrections to the electoral list, the Liste Electorale Permanente Informatisée (LEPI), which are necessary to allow for the holding of the delayed local elections. If there visions are not completed in 2014, that could complicate the legislative polls planned for 2015 and the presidential election in 2016.

 

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