African leaders' phones red hot as they scramble for news of Hamed Bakayoko
Since prime minister Hamed Bakayoko was evacuated to France on 18 February, his allies and associates have been phoning their contacts frantically to try to get news of him. The Ivorian presidency delayed making announcements to avoid disrupting the parliamentary election count but has now appointed two key presidency figures to take care of pressing government business. [...]
Ouattara looks to fill gap left by his absent prime minister
The Ivorian president has been without a prime minister since 18 February. Hamed Bakayoko, who has health problems, is currently in Paris where he had a meeting with Ouattara on 1 March. The head of state is looking for ways to reorganise the government to deal with Bakayoko's absence, which looks likely to last several weeks. [...]
How President Ghazouani became a key diplomatic actor in Africa
Severing ties with his predecessor Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani has pushed himself to the forefront of regional diplomacy in less than two years. Now Saudia Arabia and the UAE's strategic ally in the Sahel, Mauritania may soon normalise relations with Qatar. [...]
Who will be in the presidential box for Ouattara's investiture?
So far, only a handful of the ECOWAS heads of states invited to Alassane Ouattara's swearing-in ceremony on 14 December have confirmed they will attend. For its part, France will be sending foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to the event. [...]