The following report highlights major news developments in politics, health, and security in Cote d’Ivoire as of 30 November. This edition focuses on five new ambassadors to Cote d’Ivoire, opposition party threatening to oppose bill allegedly promoting homosexuality, and COVID-19 update. The report includes background information to add context to the news items.
Five New Ambassadors Present Credentials to President Ouattara
Media reported that five new ambassadors presented their letters of credentials to President Alassane Ouattara on 29 November. The ambassadors are from Spain, Mauritania, Italy, Sierra Leone, and Indonesia.
Opposition Party MPs Call To Oppose Bill Likely To Legalize Homosexuality
Media reported that the parliamentary group of the opposition Democratic Party of Cote d’Ivoire (PDCI) urged the people to stop what it described as an attempt to legalize homosexuality in the country.
Background: The President of the Republic proposed a bill to the National Assembly to reform Cote d’Ivoire’s penal code. The PDCI particularly expressed concerns over the introduction of the phrase “sexual orientation” among other things.
COVID-19 Update as of 29 November
New cases: 4 positive of 856 samples (0.5 percent)
Total cases: 61,665
New recoveries: 19
Total recoveries: 61,712
New deaths: 0
Total deaths: 704
Active cases: 287
New vaccination doses: 21,112
Total vaccination doses: 4,440,070
Source: Ministry of Health