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World Ivory Coast clears Ouattara's third term bid amid violent rallies

19:40  19 september  2020
19:40  19 september  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

Defiant Soro lashes I.Coast presidential vote

  Defiant Soro lashes I.Coast presidential vote Former rebel chief Guillaume Soro on Thursday fired a verbal broadside at presidential elections in Ivory Coast next month after supporters of ex-head of state Laurent Gbagbo called for protests ahead of the vote. Soro declared he would remain a candidate for the October 31 ballot despite being barred by a court, even as he lashed the poll as a scheme to enshrine 78-year-old Alassane Ouattara as president. "My candidacy is firm, unchangeable and irrevocable," Soro, a former prime minister, told journalists in Paris.He said his country had been driven to "the brink" by Ouattara's decision to seek a third term in office.

Ivory Coast ' s top court on Monday cleared the path for President Alassane Ouattara to seek a contentious third term , as protests turned violent in several cities and fears grew of a repeat of the conflict that claimed 3,000 lives in the West African country a decade ago.

Ivory Coast 's top court on Monday cleared the path for President Alassane Ouattara to seek a contentious third term , as protests turned violent in several cities and fears grew The Ivory Coast 's constitutional court's president Kone Mamadou (C) cleared President Ouattara ' s bid for a third term .

a group of people wearing military uniforms: About 15 people have died in violence since President Ouattara announced last month he would run for a third term [File: Luc Gnago/Reuters] © [File: Luc Gnago/Reuters] About 15 people have died in violence since President Ouattara announced last month he would run for a third term [File: Luc Gnago/Reuters]

Ivory Coast's top court on Monday cleared the path for President Alassane Ouattara to seek a contentious third term, as protests turned violent in several cities and fears grew of a repeat of the conflict that claimed 3,000 lives in the West African country a decade ago.

I.Coast court clears president's third-term bid as fresh violence erupts

  I.Coast court clears president's third-term bid as fresh violence erupts Ivory Coast's top court on Monday cleared the path for President Alassane Ouattara to seek a contentious third term, as protests turned violent in several cities and fears grew of a repeat of the conflict that claimed 3,000 lives in the West African country a decade ago. The constitutional council also barred former president Laurent Gbagbo and former rebel leader turned prime minister Guillaume Soro from standing in next month's presidentialThe constitutional council also barred former president Laurent Gbagbo and former rebel leader turned prime minister Guillaume Soro from standing in next month's presidential election.

Protests on Monday against Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara ' s contentious plan to run for a third term turned violent in several cities as fears grow of a repeat of a conflict that claimed 3,000 lives in the West African country a decade ago.

President Alassane Ouattara ' s decision to contest a third term has triggered outrage among opposition and civil society groups. At least two people were killed in ethnic clashes in Ivory Coast following President Alassane Ouattara ' s controversial announcement he would run for a third term , a hospital

The constitutional council also barred former president Laurent Gbagbo and former rebel leader turned prime minister Guillaume Soro from standing in next month's presidential election.

It cleared only four of the 44 candidates for the October 31 presidential election.

The other candidates cleared were former president Henri Konan Bedie from the historically dominant PDCI party, Gbagbo's former prime minister Pascal Affi N'Guessan, and Kouadio Konan Bertin, a dissident from Bedie's party.

In the economic capital Abidjan, protesters torched a bus in the working-class district of Yopougon after scuffles broke out earlier in the day between security forces and youths.

The district is thought to be a fiefdom of exiled former president Gbagbo, whose supporters had filed an application for him to run in the vote.

Ivory Coast opposition calls for protests against Ouattara

  Ivory Coast opposition calls for protests against Ouattara Opposition parties urge civil disobedience campaign to stop President Alassane Ouattara's bid for a third term.The election is seen as one of the biggest tests of the stability of the West African nation since a disputed vote led to a brief civil war in 2010-11.

Ivory Coast 's top court on Monday cleared the path for President Alassane Ouattara to seek a contentious third term , as protests turned violent in several cities and fears grew The Ivory Coast 's constitutional court's president Kone Mamadou (C) cleared President Ouattara ' s bid for a third term .

Violent protests have rocked Ivory Coast since Ouattara , in power since 2010, announced his candidacy. Over a dozen people have died in clashes between protesters and police since August. The constitution says the president can only stay in power for two terms , but Ouattara has argued that the

It was Gbagbo's refusal to concede defeat to Ouattara after the 2010 election that sparked the bloody conflict in the former French colony, formerly a beacon of stability and prosperity in the region.

In the centre-west city of Bangolo, demonstrators set fire to a mining truck and other vehicles on Monday, according to a resident, who added that gendarmes dispersed them with tear gas.

Witnesses said security forces took down barricades set up by protesters on several roads in the west of the country.

About 15 people have died in violence since Ouattara, 78, announced last month that he would run for a third term.

The unrest has political observers worried that the vote could destabilise Ivory Coast, the world's top cocoa producer and French-speaking West Africa's largest economy.

Although the constitution limits presidents to two terms, Ouattara and his supporters argue that a 2016 constitutional tweak reset the clock.

Second Ivory Coast candidate urges 'civil disobedience'

  Second Ivory Coast candidate urges 'civil disobedience' Ivory Coast's former prime minister and presidential candidate Pascal Affi N'Guessan on Tuesday joined calls for "civil disobedience" ahead of next month's election in response to Alassane Ouattara's bid for a third term. "Because of the dictatorship of Alassane Ouattara, I fully and totally subscribe to the disobedience advocated by president Henri Konan Bedie and all political and social forces in Ivory Coast," said Affi N'Guessan.Former president Henri Konan Bedie, who will also be on the ballot, had launched the call on Sunday to thunderous applause at a meeting of the country's main opposition parties.

Protests on Monday against Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara ' s contentious plan to run for a third term turned violent in several cities as fears grow of a repeat of a conflict that claimed 3,000 lives in the West African country a decade ago. © SIA KAMBOU Ivory Coast former president Henri Konan

Ivory Coast ’ s ruling party nominated President Alassane Ouattara to run for a third term as leader of the world’ s top cocoa grower. Suspense Grows Over Possible Third - Term Bid by Ivory Coast ’ s Ouattara .

The president had previously committed to not running again, but he changed his mind after the sudden death of his anointed successor - Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly - from a heart attack in July.

The electoral commission has said anyone convicted of a crime will be disqualified and has already barred Soro from running as he was sentenced in April to 20 years in prison for "concealment of embezzlement of public funds".

Gbagbo has been sentenced in absentia to a 20-year term for the looting of the local branch of the Central Bank of West African States during the 2010-11 crisis.

Former President Henri Konan Bedie is expected to be the opposition's main flagbearer, and his PDCI party nominated the 86-year-old as its candidate on Saturday.

At a rally attended by tens of thousands of supporters in the capital Yamoussoukro, Bedie pledged if elected to work for "the unconditional return of all exiles, as well as the release of all political, civilian and military prisoners from the post-election crisis".

Bedie is seeking to return to the presidency after he was ousted in the country's first coup in 1999.

UN envoy urges 'peaceful, inclusive' vote in Ivory Coast .
The UN special envoy for West Africa wrapped up a weeklong visit to Ivory Coast on Sunday urging a "peaceful and inclusive" presidential election in the country next month against a backdrop of high tensions. Mohamed Ibn Chambas also hailed the release from detention of around a dozen supporters of former prime minister Guillaume Soro on Wednesday as a "welcome gesture" ahead of the election set for October 31. The visit was aimed atMohamed Ibn Chambas also hailed the release from detention of around a dozen supporters of former prime minister Guillaume Soro on Wednesday as a "welcome gesture" ahead of the election set for October 31.

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