Country Risk

Expansion of Ivorian government underlines president’s intention to divide junior coalition partner, but raises civil unrest risks

12 July 2018


President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire named a new government on 10 July that brings in 10 additional ministers, after dissolving the previous administration six days earlier.

Three more government posts have been given to the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire (Parti Démocratique de la Côte d’Ivoire: PDCI), the junior partner with Ouattara’s Rally of the Republicans (Rassemblement des Républicains: RDR) in the Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (Rassemblement des Houphouëtistes pour la Démocratie et la Paix: RHDP) coalition. Jean-Claude Kouassi of the PDCI has become the new minister of energy and mines, but all of the key ministries, including defence, finance, and agriculture, remain in the same hands.

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