Casablanca, (ADV with agencies) – Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara government faced collapse on Friday after his junior coalition partner said it had expelled party members named to a new cabinet.
The changes were largely cosmetic, and Ouattara played down friction between the two parties in a public address last week. But they went against the wishes of Bedie, who had warned party members in a letter seen by Reuters not to take part in the new government.
The two parties had fallen out over the PDCI’s insistence that it be able to choose the candidate for a joint ticket in the 2020 presidential vote.
The row has aggravated the perennially volatile politics of Ivory Coast, where a tenuous stability has held since a brief civil war in 2010-11 that killed 3,000 people.
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