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.

POLITICS

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.

HEALTH

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

 

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