Ouattara dissolves Ivorian government over marriage law: must be more to story than this

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has sacked his government in a row over a new marriage law which would make wives joint heads of the household.  Mr Ouattara’s party supported the changes but the members of the ruling coalition were opposed.  The strongest opposition came from the PDCI, which backed Mr Ouattara in the disputed November 2010 election.  Analysts say the splits highlight the continued political instability in the world’s major cocoa producer…..Like many African countries, Ivory Coast’s law currently recognises the husband as head of the household, responsible for all major decisions – a situation Mr Ouattara’s RDR wanted to change

via BBC News – Ouattara dissolves Ivorian government over marriage law.



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