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Alassane Ouattara, Ivory Coast's iron-willed president

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara gestures after casting his vote in the ballot box, at a polling station in Abidjan, on October 30, 2016, during a vote for a referendum on a new constitutionTo his fans, Ivory Coast’s Alassane Ouattara is a dynamo president whose leadership is bringing much-needed stability to the world’s top cocoa producer. Ouattara insists the changes will help cement Ivory Coast’s recovery from years of conflict, but the opposition says it concentrates too much power in the executive and is mostly aimed at lining up a successor. A former top official at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO), 74-year-old Ouattara is credited with making good use of his contacts to pump investment into the war-scarred economy since taking office in 2011.

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