Ivory Coast: President Ouattara Dissolves Gov't Over Marriage Law

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara dissolves government over rebuff of new marriage law allowing women to be joint heads of household. (Google Images)

The BBC is reporting that President Alassane Ouattara has dissolved the government due to a fight over a change in the marriage law. The new law, which Ouattara supports, would make wives joint heads of households, whereas the current law only recognizes men as heads of households who make all major decisions for the household. Ouattara’s move has critics questioning the political stability of the world’s largest cocoa producer.

The BBC reports:

“It [Ivory Coast] is slowly recovering from months of unrest following the poll, in which former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to accept Mr Ouattara’s victory. PDCI candidate Henri Konan Bedie came third in the election and in exchange for his support in the run-off, Mr Ouattara appointed a prime minister from the PDCI. But sources say Mr. Ouattara feels he no longer has the full support of the PDCI, which governed Ivory Coast for 39 years from independence until a 1999 coup.”

Outtara has been attempting to bring economic stability to the country, while fending off armed attacks allegedly by by allies of Mr Gbagbo from neighboring Ghana. The border between the two countries was closed for two weeks after an attack on an army checkpoint in September.

Read more at BBC News.

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