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Leanne de Bassompierre is a journalist based in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire.
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Senegal Votes in Local Elections Seen as Key Test for President

23 Jan 2022  |  ndtvprofit.com
Senegal's local elections are a significant test for President Sall's ruling Benno Bokk Yakaar coalition, which seeks to regain control of Dakar from the opposition. Economic challenges and corruption perceptions have fueled anti-government sentiment, highlighted by violent protests following the arrest of opposition leader Ousmane Sonko. Speculation about Sall's potential third-term bid adds to the political tension, with his eligibility remaining unclear.

Unseasonal Rain Aids Cocoa Crop in Ivory Coast’s South

04 Jan 2022  |  NDTV Profit
Unseasonal rains in Ivory Coast's south are improving moisture levels, aiding cocoa crops despite the onset of the Harmattan winds. Farmers in the west are optimistic about a good harvest and expect road repairs soon. In contrast, Ghanaian farmers report lower yields compared to last season, and Cameroonian crops are suffering from the dry season. London cocoa futures have dropped by about 10% since October due to anticipated ample global supply.

Communal Clashes Force 30,000 People to Flee Cameroon to Chad

10 Dec 2021  |  ndtvprofit.com
Over 30,000 people have fled from Cameroon to Chad due to inter-communal clashes in northern Cameroon, sparked by a dispute over water resources between herders, fishermen, and farmers. The conflict, which began on December 5 in the border village of Ouloumsa, has resulted in at least 22 deaths and 30 serious injuries. The United Nations Refugee Agency attributes the escalating tensions to the climate crisis, noting the significant reduction in the surface area of Lake Chad, which has led to competition for the remaining water resources.

Africa CDC Plans Talks on New Covid Variant in South Africa

25 Nov 2021  |  NDTV Profit
African health authorities, including the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, are set to discuss a new coronavirus variant found in South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong. The variant, known as B.1.1529, is an offshoot of B.1.1. and has a large number of mutations. More details will be provided after the meeting, according to Director John Nkengasong.

Rains replenish Africa’s cocoa crops

01 Sep 2021  |  BusinessLIVE
Farmers in Ivory Coast and Ghana are optimistic about the maincrop harvest due to favourable weather conditions. Recent rains have improved prospects for the harvest season starting in October. However, heavy rain in central Ivory Coast has caused flooding, affecting some plantations. In Cameroon and Nigeria, farmers are experiencing mixed conditions, with some areas reporting black-pod disease. West Africa's moisture levels are expected to rise, potentially aiding harvests, while cocoa futures have dropped slightly since a five-month high in August.

Ivory Coast Starts Building Tower Vying to be Africa’s Tallest

05 Jul 2021  |  NDTV Profit
Ivory Coast is initiating the construction of a 283-meter tower in Abidjan, aiming to become Africa's tallest building, surpassing the Great Mosque of Algiers. The current tallest building, completed in 2019, stands at 265 meters. However, Cairo's Iconic Tower, expected to reach 385 meters, is also under construction, making it a competitive race to the top.

Ex-Leader Gbagbo Returns to Ivory Coast After ICC Acquittal

17 Jun 2021  |  www.ndtvprofit.com
Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo returned to the country after a decade, following his acquittal by the International Criminal Court on charges of crimes against humanity. Despite a potential jail sentence for looting the Central Bank of West African States, his return is seen as a step towards reconciliation. Gbagbo's refusal to accept election defeat in 2010 led to civil war and economic downturn. His arrival was met with support from his party, while the government views him as a normal citizen. Analysts believe his return will not threaten national security but will pressure President Ouattara to strengthen his party's influence.

Ivory Coast’s Ex-President Gbagbo to Return Home on June 17

07 Jun 2021  |  NDTV Profit
Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo is set to return home on June 17 following his acquittal on charges of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court. His return marks the first time in 10 years he will be back in the country. Gbagbo, along with his former youth minister Charles Ble Goude, was cleared of the charges in 2019 but was conditionally released pending an appeal, which was upheld in March. Gbagbo's refusal to concede defeat in the 2010 elections led to a civil war, resulting in over 3,000 deaths and significant economic contraction. He faces a 20-year prison sentence in Ivory Coast for looting during the post-election violence.

Ivory Coast Sentences Five Traffickers After Raid on Cocoa Farms

19 May 2021  |  ndtvprofit.com
Ivory Coast has sentenced five child-traffickers to 20 years in prison following a raid on cocoa farms, with one of the traffickers being the uncle of a rescued 15-year-old from Burkina Faso. The operation took place in Soubre and resulted in 17 other individuals receiving five-year sentences for supporting child labor, while two were released. This legal action comes as the European Union, which accounts for 67% of Ivory Coast's cocoa exports, prepares to introduce sustainability laws to combat child labor, protect forests, and end farmer poverty.

Violent youth gangs spread terror in Abidjan

15 Sep 2017  |  www.france24.com
Violent youth gangs, including children as young as ten, are causing chaos in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, with a series of brutal knife and machete attacks. The lack of an effective response from the authorities has led to residents carrying out lynchings in frustration.


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