Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara was chosen by his party on Saturday to run for a third term in an October election
Ouattara rejects claims by his opponents who say a two-term limit in the constitution bars him from running again.
The President of Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara has annouced he would seek re-election in October, byformally accepting his ruling party’s nomination to be its candidate
President Ouattara who has been in office since 2011, had earlier this year said in he would not be running for office again, but in a twist of event, his “anointed successor”, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, died of a heart attack in July.
Ouattara’s decision to run Satruday has triggered pockets of outrage among opposition and civil society groups, who labelled it a “coup” that risked triggering chaos.
Eevn though the constitution limits presidents to two five year terms, the78 year old Ouattara and his supporters argue that a 2016 constitutional tweak reset the clock.
recall that after Ouattara’s announcement earlier this month to re-run for office, there was a three day mass protests and violence in which six people died and a hundred were injured.
His ruling Houphouetist Rally for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) party said Ouattara was nominated as its candidate at an event attended by 100,000 people in an Abidjan stadium.
Outtara’s change of heart has heightened tensions before October 31 vote, which takes place in the shadow cast by violence following 2010’s election that killed around 3,000 people.
On Friday, election authorities rejected appeals by Laurent Gbagbo and Guillaume Soro to be allowed to run in the election.
Former President Gbagbo and Former Rebel leader Soro had appealed to the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) against a decision to not include them in electoral lists for the ballot.