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Ex-Ivory Coast PM named as Gbagbo’s party presidential candidate

The party of Ivory Coast’s former president Laurent Gbagbo named his one-time prime minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan as its candidate for the October presidential vote, ending speculation Gbagbo might return from abroad to stand.The election is seen as the...

Police in Ivory Coast clash with protesters over coronavirus test centre

Ivory Coast police on Monday clashed with protesters who had begun dismantling a half-built coronavirus testing centre, afraid that people using the facility would spread the epidemic through their district.More than 100 residents in Yopougon, a neighbourhood of the...

Angry Ivorians destroy coronavirus testing centre

Residents in a working-class district of the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan on Sunday destroyed a coronavirus testing centre that was under construction, police and health ministry officials said.Videos posted on social media, showed several dozen people dismantling the...

Ivory Coast bans tourists and orders school closures

Ivory Coast has joined the ranks of African countries that have temporarily banned foreign visitors from countries hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic.In a statement issued on Monday, the authorities said the ban only applies to countries that have more...

Liberia and Ivory Coast sign MOU to promote trade

The Governments of Liberia and Ivory Coast have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to help promote trade and economic cooperation between the two countries, according to Daily Observer.The MOU, which was signed on November 15, 2019, is aimed...

Political rift raises concern in Ivory Coast ahead of 2020 poll

After more than a decade as allies, two of Ivory Coast’s largest political parties face off in local elections on Saturday after an acrimonious divorce that is making Ivorians nervous ahead of a presidential poll in...

Ivory Coast retires over 2,000 troops from the army

Ivory Coast has reduced the size of its army by more than 2,000 soldiers as part of a plan to cut costs and bring under control a force that last year launched two mutinies. Government spokesman Bruno Kone said after...

Ivory Coast military helicopter crashes near Abidjan

A military helicopter crashed Tuesday into a river near Cote d'Ivoire's capital city of Abidjan, according to security sources. The aircraft zigzagged before diving into the Comoe River in the sub-prefecture of Apele, some 60 km northeast of Abidjan. The...

Ivory Coast’s African art museum gets new lease of life

It has been buffeted by the pendulum swing of domestic politics and suffered looting that left it without some of its most precious items. But Ivory Coast's Museum of Civilisations is now back, and determined to recover its place as...

Ivory Coast parliament speaker’s aide arrested over arms cache

Ivory Coast authorities arrested a senior aide to parliament speaker Guillaume Soro on Monday, a prosecutor said, accusing him of possessing and distributing weapons to destabilize the state during an army mutiny earlier this year. The arrest of Soro’s protocol...
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