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  • President Alassane Ouattara and his wife, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, July 15, 2020.

    President Alassane Ouattara and his wife, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, July 15, 2020. | Photo: EFE

Published 7 August 2020
Opinion

The political opposition argues that the Constitution would not allow him to exercise power for three consecutive terms.

Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara Thursday accepted the nomination to be a presidential candidate in the October election.

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He told his supporters that he will run for president to protect the interests of the nation and to continue putting his experience at the service of the country.

His declaration comes after former Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who was Outtara's favorite successor, died from a heart attack last month.

"Because of this case of force majeure, I have decided to respond favorably to the call of my fellow citizens asking me to be a candidate in the presidential election," Ouattara said as a justification for its political decision.

Ouattara's early rivals include former Prime Minister Pascal Affi N'Guessan from the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), former President Henri Konan Bedie from the Democratic Party of the Ivory Coast (PDCI), and former Foreign Minister Marcel Amont-Tanoh.

The political opposition stated that Ouattara cannot run for the third reelection because the Constitution would not allow him to exercise power for three consecutive terms.

In response to this criticism, however, Ouattara said that the current presidential term should not enter those calculations according to the 2016 Constitution.

In 2010, Ivory Coast was ruled by Laurent Gbagbo, who was overthrown after a civil war that left 3,000 deaths. His successor was Outtara who has controlled the politics of this country ever since.

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