OIF sends a new delegation to Conakry
The International Organisation of La francophonie (OIF) sent a an election and a constitutional expert to Conakry.
The previously strained relations between the Ivorian president and the Franco-Ivorian financier have eased in recent months. The two have spoken several times on the phone and those around the former Credit Suisse chief executive are now starting to refer implicitly to plans to visit Abidjan.
The Tunisian head of state has only seven months left to organise the 50th anniversary of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, an event that has been far from a prime concern of his. Ongoing health restrictions and the choice to hold it on the ill-equipped Djerba Island are not making things easier.
For the past 15 days the Ivorian president has been in talks with the opposition and after his phone call with Henri Konan Bédié this weekend believes he is the man with the shoulders to carry the negotiations through to the end, mostly likely early next year.
Published 3 November 10h45 - A day before the official results of the presidential election were announced, Emmanuel Macron called Alassane Ouattara, who swept up 94.27% of the votes, to urge him to make a "significant" gesture towards the opposition.
The Ivorian president's unshakable determination to run for re-election on 31 October is increasingly irking the international community. At the same time, several West African states are unhappy over the treatment of the former head of state Laurent Gbagbo.
The presidential coalition is forecasting that its champion, Alassane Ouattara, will win the elections in the first round with a score of 65%. It is counting on high abstention levels in regions traditionally loyal to Laurent Gbagbo