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Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara speaks at the G20 Compact in Berlin, on November 19, 2019

A rising Ivory Coast faces an eventful 2020

After years of civil war and instability, Ivory Coast has become a regional powerhouse and rising economic star over the last eight years. But with presidential elections approaching in 2020, old political dynamics will put that progress to the test. Rising social discontent, fracturing party politics and the return of challengers like former leader Laurent Gbagbo, recently acquitted at the ICC, may keep President Alassane Ouattara from winning reelection. He will have to balance judicial, political, security and economic considerations to maintain the country’s recently stable trajectory.

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