Ivory Coast government faces collapse in coalition row
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara's government faced collapse on Friday after his junior coalition partner said it had expelled party members named to a new cabinet.
The changes were largely cosmetic, and Ouattara played down friction between the two parties in a public address last week. But they went against the wishes of Bedie, who had warned party members in a letter seen by Reuters not to take part in the new government.
The PDCI move appeared to mark a break from Ouattara and possibly the end to a political marriage that was critical to his run-off victory in the 2010 presidential election and his re-election in 2015.
The two parties had fallen out over the PDCI's insistence that it be able to choose the candidate for a joint ticket in the 2020 presidential vote.
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