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Central banker is Ivory Coast’s new vice president

Central banker is Ivory Coast’s new vice president

LOUCOUMANE COULIBALY and NELLIE PEYTON IVORY COAST President Alassane Ouattara has named Tiemoko Meyliet Kone, governor of the West African central bank, as his vice president in a possible clue to his succession plans. The 80-year-old leader made the announcement during an address to parliament, days after Prime Minister Patrick Achi and his government resigned. Ouattara described Kone as an "outstanding technocrat" and "brilliant economist". Achi has been reappointed as Ivory Coast's prime minister, Senate President Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio subsequently told the joint session of both chambers of parliament on Tuesday. Kone's appointment as vice president, a position that has been…
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Ivory Coast aims to raise $1.5 billion to restore forests, land

Ivory Coast aims to raise $1.5 billion to restore forests, land

LOUCOUMANE COULIBALY IVORY COAST aims to raise $1.5 billion for a five-year land restoration programme to bring back forests and increase food production, President Alassanne Ouattara said at the start of a United Nations conference on desertification. The world's top cocoa producer lost 80% of its forests between 1900 and 2021 and risks losing them all by 2050 if the pace of decline continues, Ouattara said at the opening ceremony of the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP15) in the financial capital Abidjan. He did not specify whom he hoped would provide the money, but called on the private sector…
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Dreams of Rio animate Ivory Coast’s Popo Carnival

Dreams of Rio animate Ivory Coast’s Popo Carnival

MEN beating drums and blowing ox horns sounded the arrival of the king of Ivory Coast's Aboure people, who waved as hundreds of onlookers lined the roadside and sat on the roofs of buildings to catch a glimpse. Wearing a gold crown and a long patterned robe, the king was taking part in a parade at the Popo Carnival, a cultural festival held every year that organisers say attracts more than a million people over two weeks. The event already draws some visitors from Europe and the United States, and some locals hope it could get even bigger. "It's our…
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Ivory Coast’s ‘Real Boys’ address drug use, violence through dance

Ivory Coast’s ‘Real Boys’ address drug use, violence through dance

LOUCOUMANE COULIBALY and MEDIA COULIBALY ON a dimly lit stage in Abidjan one member of the dance group lies motionless on the floor, legs splayed, while seven others dance around him in an intense hip-hop routine meant to warn about the dangers of drug use and gang violence in Ivory Coast. The "Real Boys", a male dance group based in Abidjan, was formed in 2014 but had to wait until this month for a breakthrough when they performed their show "Ghetto" at the Abidjan Market for Performing Arts (MASA), one of Africa's oldest and biggest artistic showcase events. Now the…
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4 die in Ivory Coast building collapse

4 die in Ivory Coast building collapse

AT least six people, including two children, died when an apartment block collapsed in Ivory Coast's commercial capital of Abidjan overnight, the fire brigade said. Rescuers used torches to search through the mounds of broken concrete and carried out 36 people alive, officials said. One firefighter cradled a baby in the back of an ambulance. "Everything was trembling," said survivor Ladji Doumbia, who lived on the fourth floor. "I was stumbling from left to right and then, at the last minute, I heard a loud noise." Prime Minister Patrick Achi visited the site and promised an investigation into the cause…
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At Mali border with Ivory Coast, lines of trucks held up by sanctions

At Mali border with Ivory Coast, lines of trucks held up by sanctions

ANGE ABOA MADOU Sidibe should be home by now, the cement product in his truck delivered to a client in Mali. Instead, he is stranded at a dusty border crossing in neighbouring Ivory Coast, one of hundreds of drivers shut out by economic sanctions. Over the phone from Mali's capital Bamako, his five children fire questions that he does not have the answer to: "When are you coming back, daddy? How long will you be there?" West African political bloc ECOWAS imposed sanctions on Mali this month after a military-led interim government said it planned to extend their rule and…
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Ivory Coast uses soccer to spur COVID-19 vaccination

Ivory Coast uses soccer to spur COVID-19 vaccination

LOUCOUMANE COULIBALY IVORY Coast soccer fans watching the Africa Cup of Nations are being greeted at dedicated fan zones with rapid tests, masks and COVID-19 vaccines, an initiative of the health ministry to spur vaccination. Soccer is the West African country's favourite sport and thousands of fans have flocked to the "Cup of Nations villages" in the commercial capital Abidjan where the matches are projected on giant screens. One of the tournament favourites, Ivory Coast is in the same group as defending champions Algeria, and Sierra Leone. It defeated Equatorial Guinea 1-0 in their first game on Wednesday evening to top the…
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From apprentice to fashion icon: Ivory Coast’s Pathe’O, 50 years on

From apprentice to fashion icon: Ivory Coast’s Pathe’O, 50 years on

LOUCOUMANE COULIBALY WHEN 20-year-old Pathe Ouedraogo left his Burkina Faso village in 1969 in search of a better life in neighbouring Ivory Coast, his dream was to return with a bicycle and a transistor radio to prove he had made it. He was too thin to work on a cocoa farm, so took the chance to learn how to make clothes instead - a decision that propelled him to fashion stardom. "The most accessible job at the time was to be an apprentice tailor," said Ouedraogo. The man mostly known as Pathe'O is now celebrating a 50-year career during which…
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Champions Algeria beaten on Afcon-2022 day of shocks

Champions Algeria beaten on Afcon-2022 day of shocks

EQUITORIAL Guinea led a string of upsets at the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday when they beat holders Algeria, while Ivory Coast and Mali were both held by unfancied opponents. Equatorial Guinea pulled off one of the biggest shocks ever seen at the tournament when they outclassed Algeria 1-0, ending a run of 35 unbeaten internationals and relegating the defending champions to last place in Group E. Their heroics in Douala has shaken up the tournament where many of the heavyweight contenders have been caught off guard. But few would have expected Algeria, unbeaten since October 2018, to go…
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Ivory Coast confirm drugs ban on goalkeeper

Ivory Coast confirm drugs ban on goalkeeper

IVORY Coast will not be able to use their first choice goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo at the Africa Cup of Nations finals after a drugs ban was confirmed by FIFA, the Ivorian Football Federation said. Gbohouo, who plays club football in Ethiopia at Wolkite City, had been provisionally suspended by FIFA after testing positive for trimetazidine, a heart medication that the World Anti-Doping Agency categorises as a stimulant. The announcement was made by the Ethiopian Football Federation on the eve of the tournament but the Ivorians included him in their squad for the Cup of Nations anyway, hoping to have the…
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