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Côte d’Ivoire: Dilemma for Ouattara as CdI shaken by PM’s death and regional turbulence

The sudden death of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly has undermined President Alassane Dramane Ouattara’s strategy for ensuring a seamless political succession and maintaining high levels of economic growth. Not the most charismatic of politicians – although close observers told African Energy he was nevertheless driven by considerable personal ambition – Gon Coulibaly’s career was marked by intense personal loyalty to Ouattara and an understanding of complex economic issues, which the president sees as essential for Côte d’Ivoire’s next leader to maintain his legacy of prudent management.

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