Ivory Coast: First woman President of the Constitutional Council

Ms. Chantal Nanaba Camara becomes the first woman president of the Constitutional Council in Côte d'Ivoire. An appointment made public on Tuesday, May 9, 2023, by press release from the Presidency of the Republic. She will now be responsible for chairing the regulatory body for the functioning of public authorities for a term of 6 years.

Magistrate outside the hierarchy of group A, single level, aged 69, Chantal Nanaba Camara now takes the reins of the Constitutional Council. She replaces in this position, the senior magistrate Mamadou Koné at the end of his mandate.

A great legal figure, Nanaba Camara has built the reputation of a magistrate attached to the strict application of the law.

With a flawless career that arouses admiration, after the departure of magistrate Tia Koné in July 2011, she was appointed head of the Judicial Chamber of the Supreme Court. Two years later, in June 2013, she was honored in the Order of National Merit of Côte d'Ivoire.

In April 2020, Chantal Nanaba Camara becomes the first woman appointed president of the Court of Cassation. Subsequently, in May 2020, she will be promoted as the first woman president of the Superior Council of the Judiciary.

A founding member of the Foundation for the Development of Justice in Africa, Nanaba Camara was also a member of the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI).

She will officially take office from July 21, 2023. By then, three other advisers will also be appointed and the Constitutional Council completely renewed.

Composed of seven members, the Constitutional Council is the regulatory body for the functioning of the public authorities. On the political level, his role is to ensure the conformity of presidential and parliamentary elections.