Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EUROPE NOW

60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome: What's to celebrate?

Read more

THE OBSERVERS

How traffickers lie to migrants wanting to go to Europe; and the gold rush polluting rivers in Ivory Coast

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Startled startups flee UK ahead of Brexit

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

What's next for Yemen?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French Guiana: 'A powder keg abandoned by the state'

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

French presidential election: Over 40% remain undecided

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

ICC orders former DR Congo warlord to pay damages to victims

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trumpcare falls before first hurdle

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Westminster Attack, Abadi in Washington (part 1)

Read more

Africa

Ivory Coast PM resigns, dissolves government after polls

© Zach Gibson, AFP | Ivorian PM Daniel Kablan Duncan addresses a meeting at the World Bank headquarters Oct. 6, 2016.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-01-09

Ivory Coast Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan resigned and dissolved the government on Monday in a move that had been expected following the approval of a new constitution and parliamentary elections last month.

"I have tendered my resignation and that of the government, he said at the Presidential palace, after a meeting with President Alassane Ouattara," he said. 

Duncan’s resignation came months after the country approved a new constitution in a referendum boycotted by the opposition.

The constitution amendment, Ouattara’s brainchild, seeks to end decades of instability in the cocoa-rich West African nation.

Ouattara, 73, promised to deliver a new constitution after he was re-elected in 2015 to a second five-year term. The new constitution notably scraps the stipulation that both parents of presidential candidates must have been born in Ivory Coast.

In the past, this clause prevented Ouattara himself for running for the country's top office.

It was also resented by many in the north of the country, where many people have family connections to neighbouring countries, as a symbol of exclusion. The question of national identity – of who is a real Ivorian – has long been a source of violent friction in Ivory Coast.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP and REUTERS)

Date created : 2017-01-09

  • IVORY COAST

    Ivory Coast backs new constitution in landslide vote, opposition cries foul

    Read more

  • IVORY COAST

    Scuffles erupt at Ivory Coast polling stations over divisive referendum

    Read more

  • IVORY COAST

    Ivorian voters head to polls for referendum on controversial new constitution

    Read more

COMMENT(S)