Creating political debate: the reason behind the dissolution of the government?

Marc-André Boisvert gives a good explanation of the recent political events in Cote d’Ivoire on his article in ThinkAfricaPress:

A local journalist proposed an interesting theory during the Ivory Coast’s week without government: a clash between the two coalition partners could have been a way for Ouattara to enforce the creation of an opposition. Laurent Gbabgo’s Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), which was forcibly removed from power in 2011 after it rejected the election results, boycotted the last legislative elections leaving Ouattara’s government without opposition. Some saw this forced dissolution as a Machiavellian move to create a constructive opposition which has been badly lacking in Ivorian politics.

 I had a similar reaction after Ahoussou government’s termination: considering Ouattara cannot afford to lose the PDCI support now, was the move aimed at focusing the public debate on politics, as opposed to the post-conflict legal cases?

As the two formations are now getting all the attention, it looks like the FPI might be losing its momentum. Without a strong leader, I would be curious to see how the Front Populaire Ivoirien evolves.

Nonetheless, I am pleasantly surprised that for once, the controversial topic in Cote d’Ivoire does not involve ethnicity or conflict. Hopefully, the political debate and public attention can focus more on the economical and social issues that affect the Ivorian population every day.



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2 thoughts on “Creating political debate: the reason behind the dissolution of the government?

  1. I had a slightly different though similar thought. For me, the whole episode served to marginalise the FPI – there was a wholesome issues debate in Ivory Coast in which the FPI seemed totally excluded. I guess it’s inevitable, but at a certain point the FPI will need to start engaging in current issues/politics rather than seeming to be a party that only cares about things that happened before 12 April 2011.

    • africo says:

      Completely agree, the intent would be to highlight the debates in which the FPI does not even participate. Voters then have to rally behind one of the parties in the game to express their opinion, increasing the support base for the PDCI or the RDR.

      Without a charismatic and renowned leader, I do not see how the FPI could legitimately have a role in Cote d’Ivoire politics.

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