Ouattara's powerful chief of staff Fidèle Sarassoro emerges from the shadows
A quiet technocrat who has worked at the presidency for more than 10 years, Fidèle Sarassro is standing in this week's parliamentary elections in his home town of Sinématiali. His campaign is getting strong behind-the-scenes backing from the Ivorian president, who is trying to foster the emergence of new political leaders in the Senufo-dominated north of the country. [...]
Legislative polls offer a dress rehearsal for post-Ouattara era
The upcoming parliamentary elections will be a trial run for the ruling RHDP party's senior members. A position in Alassane Ouattara's future cabinet could become a stepping stone for the top job as the president has announced he will step down from power after this term. [...]
Presidential election: Adama Bictogo, the real driver of Alassane Ouattara's campaign
While the role of Alassane Ouattara's presidential campaign manager should be officially awarded to Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko, behind the scenes it is the executive director of the presidential party, Adama Bictogo, who will be behind the steering wheel. [...]
Who can stop Amadou Gon Coulibaly in 2020?
Though in public he is still maintaining the suspense over whether he will run again for president in 2020, Alassane Ouattara is freely admitting in private that he ultimately wants his longstanding ally and current prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly [. [...]