Abidjan and Paris discuss AFCON 2024 security
When in Paris last week, Ivorian Prime Minister Patrick Achi discussed the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), which his country is to host in January 2024.
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.
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.
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.
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.