16 November 2012

Cote d'Ivoire: Disagreement in Govt Led to Dissolution

Photo: L'Observateur Palaga
President Alassane Ouattara and former President Henri K Bedié.

Paris — Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara dropped a bombshell on Wednesday when he declared that the government would be dissolved.

The Secretary General to the President, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, told the press that the dissolution followed major dissent among the majority coalition, particularly involving the Alassane Ouattara's party the Rassemblement des républicains (RDR) and Parti démocratique de Côte d'Ivoire (PCDI), former president Henri Konan Bédié's party.

Prime Minister Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio and some thirty ministers from his cabinet swiftly executed the changes. Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio was named Prime Minister last March, replacing Guillaume Soro, president of the National Assembly.

The abrupt dismissals showed that all is not well in the majority coalition. In a press conference, Coulibaly explained why the government had been dissolved: conflicts have continued at the heart of the majority bloc, primarily implicating the RDR and the PCDI.

During a parliamentary session on Tuesday discussing a marriage law, the PDCI, Union pour la démocratie et la paix en Côte d'Ivoire (UDPCI), and Rassemblement des houphouétistes pour la démocratie et la paix (RDHP) voted against the government-backed proposal presented by the Minister of Family Affairs, Raymonde Goudou, of the PCDI.

According to the president's secretary general, the internal dissent threatens the majority coalition's support of the government.

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