Students discuss recent political hot topics with Ivoirian journalists

Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Daniel Langenkamp during his speech

Students discuss recent political hot topics with Ivoirian journalists in Abidjan’s newest American Space

Public Affairs Section (PAS) Abidjan welcomed 50 students for a radio-recorded panel discussion on “the implications of the unified party in a democracy” at the Embassy’s new American Space, located at Felix Houphouet Boigny University on August 8, 2018. The discussion was held in partnership with the national broadcaster Radio de La Paix, and featured Alafé Wakili and Jean-Claude Coulibaly, two prominent Ivoirian journalists covering breaking political developments.

U.S. Embassy Abidjan Public Affairs Officer (PAO) Daniel Langenkamp opened the discussion by welcoming participants to the new American Space and discussing the importance of civic engagement and political participation. The two journalists then discussed recent political developments, including the unification of major political parties in Côte d’Ivoire, President Alassane Ouattara’s declaration of amnesty to 800 prisoners, and the President’s promise to reform the Independent Electoral Commission.

Students posed questions to the panelists and discussed these issues among themselves, benefiting from the opportunity to learn about current political developments from Ivoirian experts working in the field.