This blog focuses on African Politics in the ECOWAS countries: Benin (where I served in the Peace Corps), Burkina Faso (where I attended FESPACO!), Cape Verde, Cote d'Ivoire (where I biked my first century), Gambia, Ghana (home of Milly's Backyard!), Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali (home of Sekou Oumarou!), Niger (challenging for vegetarians!), Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo (the only place I ever attended a beauty pageant).
Thursday, September 10, 2015
Meet the 10 candidates for Cote d'Ivoire's October presidential election
Jeune Afrique has some charts summarizing characteristics of the 10 candidates for president of Cote d'Ivoire (23 of the 33 candidates were invalidated by the Constitutional Court).
8 of 10 are men. 3 of the 10 are in their 70s (including incumbent Ouattara). 7 are Christian and 3 (including Ouattara) are Muslim. Most are from the southern half of the country (not surprising, since most of the population is in the south; "Northerner" Ouattara was born near Yamoussoukro). 4 are members of a political party, 3 are independents, and 3 were members of a political party but left (the PDCI supported Ouattara, leading some members to run independently).
Almost half (4 of 10) have degrees in Economics, including Ouattara and Charles Konan Banny (former Prime Minister and PDCI member).
In addition to Charles Konan Banny, Essy Amara and Kouadio Konan Bertin are former PDCI members. Pascal Affi N’Guessan is the candidate of the main opposition party, the FPI.
Ouattara is favored to win, given 3 years of strong (9%) economic growth and support from both his current party (RDR) and his former party (PDCI).