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Since elected, President Ouattara has placed strengthening democracy at the heart of his agenda. The draft presented by the Ivorian President sought to soften a clause of the constitution that required presidential candidates to have natural born Ivorian parents. The clause became the centre of controversy and heart of the civil war in 2010.
The approved changes will create a more robust democratic system with the creation of the position of Vice President of the Republic and a Senate chamber to supplement the legislature and provide an avenue for increased government scrutiny.
President Ouattara’s contributions to democracy and stability have not gone unnoticed by the Liberal Community. LI President Juli Minoves invested President Ouattara with the Liberal International Medal of Freedom for his contributions to the country, after a civil war ensnared when then-President Laurent Gbagbo refused to step down.