Jeannot Ahoussou-Kouadio, Minister of State for Political Dialogue and Relations with the Institutions has been elected this Thursday, April 5, 2018. Established in 2016 by the Ivorian Constitution, the Senate is gradually being set up in 2018. Although challenged by the opposition, the senatorial elections were held, and 66 senators were elected in Côte d’Ivoire on March 24th.
The Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) largely won the senatorial elections of March 24. He holds 50 seats out of 66. This is explained by the abstention of the opposition who called for a boycott of the poll.
The elections were held by indirect ballot. The electoral college of these senatoriales consisted of municipal and regional councilors of the 197 communes and 31 regions of the country.
Since these elections, the Minister of State for Political Dialogue and Relations with Institutions, Jeannot Ahoussou-kouadio was seen as a favorite to be the president of this chamber.
According to the Constitution, it is up to President Alassane Ouattara to appoint the remaining 33 senators. The official installation of this Chamber of the Ivorian Parliament will be held in Yamoussoukro, in the political capital on April 12.
For the opposition, this senate demonstrates the “patronage” of President Ouattara. This Senate will unnecessarily increase the budget of Côte d’Ivoire, estimates the opposition coalition.