Political and economic stability returns to Côte d'Ivoire

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Aïchatou Mindaoudou. UN Photo/Loey Felipe

There has been an improvement in the overall security and stability of Côte d'Ivoire, according to the top UN envoy in the West African country.

Briefing the Security Council on Tuesday, Aïchatou Mindaoudou, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Côte d'Ivoire, said that despite this progress, there are some hardliners calling for demonstrations.

Stephanie Coutrix, reports.

Aïchatou Mindaoudou told the Security Council that political dialogue between the government and opposition parties is progressing.

She said that following 29 January talks, concrete measures were taken to fund, on an exceptional basis, opposition parties that don't hold a seat in the National Assembly.

Ms Mindaoudou said dialogue resumed on 26 May, bringing together 16 opposition political parties.

The issues discussed included the creation of a peaceful political climate, an environment conducive to the return of exiles and ensuring a credible and secure electoral process.

The UN envoy said in four months, the people of Côte d'Ivoire will go to the polls to choose their next president, in an environment very different from 2010.

"Much has been accomplished since the last election, which was marred by terrible violence. Stability is being progressively maintained. The economy is growing, and Ivoirians are able to pursue their affairs in a peaceful environment. While political disagreements remain, there is more and more national consensus for constructive dialogue. Nevertheless, some opposition hardliners are more and more calling for demonstrations."

Aïchatou Mindaoudou said political stakeholders who are tempted to use inflammatory rhetoric must be continually encouraged to act responsibly in accordance with the law throughout the electoral period.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations


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