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Ahead of the Ivory Coast’s presidential election a citizen explains why he feels abandoned by the political class

Old men, chocolate and Ivory Coast's bitter election: The president's U-turn over a third-term bid has opened up wounds in a country with a history of civil wars.

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The future of Ivory Coast remains unclear: millions of Ivorians are waiting to see whether the outcome of this election puts an end to political disputes, or renews the civil unrest that was seen after the 2010 election.

Under President Ouattara, Ivory Coast rebuilt its economy through infrastructure and agriculture investments, becoming an agricultural powerhouse. Yet the World Bank estimates that nearly half of the population still live in poverty.

Karim Coulibaly, who lost his leg fighting for Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara in post-electoral bloodshed a decade ago said he felt abandoned by politicians

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo warned on Thursday the West African nation faced a catastrophe if candidates in Saturday’s presidential election do not resolve a standoff that has led to violent protests and an opposition call for boycott.

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#BREAKING ivory coast'>Ex-Ivory Coast president Gbagbo warns of 'disaster' in upcoming vote

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A post-election crisis could scupper Ivory Coast's economic gains.

#BREAKING ivory coast'>Ex-Ivory Coast president Gbagbo warns of 'disaster' in upcoming vote

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Arsenal are on course to confirm the €80m club-record signing of Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe from Lille later this week. The 24-year-old winger/forward has arrived in London & will undergo a medical today before signing a five-year contract at the Emirates#AFC  #LOSC 

Fuck this, we're setting up our own World Cup, just for the cool teams. Who's in?Italy? Chile? The Netherlands? Ivory Coast? Not you, Wales.

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Thoughts and prayers out to Brussels, Turkey , Yemen, Ivory Coast and Nigeria who have all recently gone through devastating attacks.

My heart goes out to the 61 people killed in ivory coast'>Abidjan Ivory Coast, involved in the stampede on New Year's eve. God Bless all the families.

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