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Ivory Coast's Ouattara: tough-minded economist-president

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara speaks during an interview in Abidjan, on October 22, 2015Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara, who won a second term in office according to official results released Wednesday, has revived the country’s war-scarred economy — but at the cost of being accused of creeping authoritarianism. A high-flying economist before taking office five years ago, the tall 73-year-old is a former top official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO). Known as a tireless worker needing little sleep who is said “to wear out his staff”, Ouattara in his five years at the helm of the world’s top cocoa producer has made good use of his international contacts to pump funds into the economy.

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