Ivory Coast, a former French colony, emerged from a nearly decade-long civil conflict to average about 9 percent annual economic growth since 2012. [….]
But the fruits of that growth have not reached large parts of the population, and with over three years left in his term, Mr. Ouattara is facing arguably the biggest challenge of his presidency. […]
The demonstrations stem from the belief that “every Ivorian thinks the time is ripe to have his share of the ‘emergence,’ the term used by authorities, in relation to Ouattara’s vision for Ivory Coast in 2020,” said André Silver Konan, an Ivorian journalist and political analyst. Despite the country’s impressive economic growth, 46 percent of the population still lived in poverty in 2015, according to the International Monetary Fund.