Author: Malte Liewerscheidt

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MALI: Coup d’état sending jitters across the region

On 18 August, mutinous soldiers arrested the increasingly unpopular President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita (‘IBK’) who declared his resignation and dissolved parliament in the evening. In a statement broadcast in the early hours of 19 August, the coup leaders promised to hand power back to a civilian administration and hold elections within “reasonably delay”.… Read the rest

Malte Liewerscheidt

Malte Liewerscheidt is a Vice President with Teneo based in London. He is an experienced country risk analyst examining political, economic, regulatory and security risks affecting organisations investing and operating in sub-Saharan Africa.

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COTE D’IVOIRE: The opposition gambles with an election boycott

During a joint rally of several opposition parties on 20 September, presidential candidate Henri Konan Bedie (Democratic Party of Cote d’Ivoire, PDCI) called upon his supporters to engage in a civil disobedience campaign to protest President Alassane Ouattara’s intention to run for a third term.… Read the rest

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COTE D’IVOIRE: Bedie remains Ouattara’s main challenger

As expected, the constitutional council this week whittled down the list of candidates for the 31 October presidential election, from 44 to just four. In doing so, the council unsurprisingly confirmed President Alassane Ouattara’s eligibility to run for a third term, while invalidating the candidacies of Laurent Gbagbo and Guillaume Soro.… Read the rest