Côte d'Ivoire Government - Political Environment
The Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) government takes place in a framework of a presidential representative democratic republic, whereby the President of Côte d'Ivoire is both head of state and head of government of a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the government. Legislative power is vested in both the government and parliament.
Alassane Dramane Ouattara, pictured above, (French pronunciation: [alasan wataʁa] ( listen); born 1 January 1942) is an Ivoirian politician who has been President of Côte d'Ivoire since 2010. An economist by profession, Ouattara worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) - and the Central Bank of West African States (French: Banque Centrale des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest, BCEAO), and he was the Prime Minister of Côte d'Ivoire from November 1990 to December 1993, appointed to that post by President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. Ouattara became the President of the Rally of the Republicans (RDR), an Ivorian political party, in 1999. - Wikipedia
The capital since 1983 is Yamoussoukro; however, Abidjan remains the administrative center. Most countries maintain their embassies in Abidjan, although some (including the United Kingdom) have closed their missions because of the continuing violence and attacks on Europeans. The population continues to suffer because of an ongoing civil war. International human rights organizations have noted problems with the treatment of captive non-combatants by both sides and the re-emergence of child slavery among workers in cocoa production. Since the incident on 19 September 2002 (see History of Ivory Coast), a civil war broke out, and the north part of the country has been seized by the rebels, the New Forces (FN). A new presidential election was expected to be held in October 2005. However, this new election could not be held on time due to delay in preparation and has been postponed to October 2006 after an agreement was reached amongst the rival parties. After a long delay, elections were finally held in 2010.
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