Spotlight IVORY COAST 26/07/2017

Ouattara stokes hostilities between Soro and Bakayoko with 2020 in mind

By appointing Hamed Bakayoko as minister of defence in the government reshuffle of 19 July, Alassane Ouattara has ratcheted up the tensions and divisions between his two putative heirs apparent, at the risk of sparking a political crisis. Here's why. ‘Sworn [...]

Corridors of power


Africa's leaders are off on their summer holidays

As is the annual tradition, Africa's presidents are taking a few days off. [...]

The Sassou clan cleans up in the legislative elections

The low voter turnout has not prevented the dubious election of the president's children. [...]


Sant'Egidio arouses African Union jealousy

Envious of the outcome achieved by the community with close links to the Vatican, the pan-African organisation has taken the Central African Republic peace process back into its own hands. [...]

Ali Bongo maintains the ethnic and regional balance of his government

The president has reshuffled his cabinet to make it more representative of the country. [...]

Riyadh seeking to involve Sassou in its offensive against Doha

On 15 July, Denis Sassou Nguesso received two high-ranking Saudi [...]


Jeffrey Birrell in Monrovia

Known to have close ties to the Omar Bongo regime, [...]


Peter Barlerin in Yaounde

On 17 July, Donald Trump appointed a career diplomat, Peter [...]

A windfall for Dominique Ouattara at La Croisette restaurant

Professor Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, president of the German pharmaceutical company Merck, [...]

Business circles

Court ruling goes against Africard in Paris

The High Court of Nanterre has granted Niger's petition to defer a series of seizures by the Inkript subsidiary. [...]

ICSID looks into the Cafe de Rome affair

The arbitration institution is due to decide whether it is competent to rule on the affair. [...]

Electric shock for Nigelec

For the first time since 1994, the company has recorded heavy financial losses. [...]

Clear track ahead for Alstom, Bouygues and Keolis

The Ivorian government may be in the process of sidelining [...]

NSIA negotiating the acquisition of the Diamond Bank network

The Ivorian family company NSIA, founded by businessman Jean Kacou [...]

Securiport counts on Macky Sall to safeguard its contract

The CEO of Securiport, Enrique Segura, a company specialising in [...]

Nigeria's AFC rides to the rescue of SIR

The Nigerian investment fund African Finance Corp (AFC), based in [...]

Bitter-tasting chocolate for Cargill, Touton and Olam & Co

The leading players in the Ivorian cocoa market, Cargill, Touton, [...]

Panafrican Minerals is struggling

Panafrican Minerals, owned by Frank Timis, has not been doing [...]


Dramane Coulibaly in pursuit of public contracts

Chartered accountant Dramane Gon Coulibaly, managing partner of the accountancy [...]

N'Zi Kablan moves to Petro-Sea Logistics

Captain N'Zi Kablan‘s appointment has been confirmed to the post [...]

Power brokers

Alexandre Barro-Chambrier proposes himself as the third way

Having toured Europe in early July to raise awareness of the post-electoral crisis in Gabon, Alexandre Barro Chambrier, the 59-year-old [...]

Ahmadou Bakayoko under prime ministerial pressure

The director general of Radio-television ivoirienne (RTI), Ahmadou Bakayoko, has been forced by the office of prime minister Amadou Gon [...]

Alain-Richard Donwahi sidelined

On thin ice since the mutinies of May (WAN 754), the deputy minister of defence Alain-Richard Donwahi has been assigned [...]

Idriss Annour Abdelkerim, back in the Idriss Deby fold

The erstwhile opponent of Idriss Deby, Idriss Annour Abdelkerim, is the new director general of customs and excise in Chad [...]

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