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One step forward, two steps back? Côte d’ivoire’s 2015 presidential polls

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posted on 06.10.2016 by Giulia Piccolino
© 2016. GIGA German Institute for Global and Area Studies. All Rights Reserved.The 2015 presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire was seen as an important test for the country given the 2010 post-election crisis. Although the 2015 polls were peaceful, they were affected by problems not new to Côte d’Ivoire: lack of competition due to non-participation of major political actors, low voter turnout, mistrust in electoral institutions. The unpreparedness of the Commission Electorale Indépendante (CEI) was also problematic, especially with respect to the revision of the voter list. Due to the boycott of partisans of former president Laurent Gbagbo and because of the support of the Rassemblement des Houphouëtistes pour la Démocratie et la Paix (RHDP), President Alassane Ouattara’s reelection was essentially a given from the start. With the ruling coalition firmly in control, Côte d’Ivoire appears stable. However, the country’s democratic deficit might lead to renewed violence once the RHDP has to pick Ouattara’s successor.

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  • Politics and International Studies

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Africa Spectrum

Volume

51

Issue

1

Pages

97 - 110

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PICCOLINO, G., 2016. One step forward, two steps back? Côte d’ivoire’s 2015 presidential polls. Africa Spectrum, 51(1), pp. 97-110.

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© the Author. Published by GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Institute of African Affairs

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2016-04-07

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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by GIGA under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 No Derivative Works Licence (CC BY-ND). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/

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0002-0397

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1868-6869

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en

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