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Ivory Coast Succession Battle Risks Split of Ruling Alliance

  • Cracks in coalition have begun to appear as 2020 vote nears
  • Each party wants to appoint its own presidential candidate
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The ruling alliance that steered Ivory Coast to become sub-Saharan Africa’s fastest-growing economy is at risk of falling apart as the main partners are bitterly divided over who will succeed President Alassane Ouattara when he steps down in 2020.

Top officials of the Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace, a coalition known by its acronym RHDP, are jockeying for positions as each party claims the right to appoint a preferred presidential candidate. After six years of relative stability, succession politicking may grow increasingly disruptive.