On Wednesday 29 April, one day after Guillaume Soro’s conviction, Côte d’Ivoire announced that it was withdrawing from “the declaration ... of jurisdiction provided for in the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights”.
Sentenced to 20 years in prison and deprived of his civil rights for "embezzlement of public funds" and "money laundering", Guillaume Soro's ... chances of running for the presidency are diminishing. "An attempt at political execution", according to his lawyers.
The ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government held an extraordinary session via videoconference on 23 April to discuss the impact of ... the Covid-19 pandemic on the sub-region. The meeting notably resulted in the appointment of Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari as the organisation’s COVID-19 response coordinator.
Some commentators are only just realising that the CFA Franc is not compatible with the economic emergence of French-speaking Africa. The announcement ... on 21 December in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire of the imminent end of the CFA franc and its replacement by the Eco has certainly loosened up thinking.
As the COVID-19 epidemic spreads on the continent, African heads of state are taking extra precautions to protect themselves from the virus. ... In presidential palaces, many measures have been taken to ensure their personal safety as well as that of their staff.
Côte d’Ivoire's President Alassane Ouattara announced on 5 March that he would pass the torch to a new generation, but leader of the Democratic ... Party of Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI) Henri Konan Bédié and former president Laurent Gbagbo have every intention of pursuing their presidential ambitions.
Several controversies have erupted in Côte d’Ivoire over how the government is managing the health crisis and imposing restrictive measures ... on citizens. But many Ivorians are observing that certain public figures are getting special treatment while parliamentary business is continuing on as usual.