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World I Coast: Ouattara slams rivals’ presidential bids as provocation

12:21  25 september  2020
12:21  25 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 head of state, Alassane Ouattara , has blasted attempts by two rivals to contest next month's presidential elections as \. The paramount Ivorian court, the Constitutional Council, rejected their bids to take part in the October 31 ballot on the grounds that they had been tried and sentenced

ABIDJAN - Ivory Coast 's head of state, Alassane Ouattara , has blasted attempts by two rivals to contest next month's presidential elections as " provocation " and says one of them belongs behind bars.

Alassane Ouattara wearing a suit and tie: Alassane Ouattara had announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third term before changing his mind [File: AFP] © Alassane Ouattara had announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third term before changin... Alassane Ouattara had announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third term before changing his mind [File: AFP]

Ivory Coast’s head of state, Alassane Ouattara, has blasted attempts by two rivals to contest next month’s presidential elections as “provocation” and says one of them belongs behind bars.

In an interview published on Thursday by the French magazine Paris Match, the 78-year-old incumbent fired a verbal broadside at former president Laurent Gbagbo and ex-rebel chief Guillaume Soro.

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.

Troops supporting the UN-recognised president of Ivory Coast , Alassane Ouattara , appear poised for a final push to oust his rival , Laurent Gbagbo, who refuses to give up the presidency . In the main city, Abidjan, pro- Ouattara forces have launched an assault on the fortified presidential residence.

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara 's decision to run for a third term in October's presidential election triggered outrage on Friday among opposition and civil society groups, who labelled it a "coup" that risked tipping the country into chaos. Ouattara , in power since 2010, said in March that he would

Both men are living outside the country but retain powerful support at home, in a country still scarred by a post-election conflict that claimed more than 3,000 lives nearly a decade ago.

The top Ivorian court overseeing elections, the Constitutional Council, rejected their bids to take part in the October 31 ballot on the grounds that they had been tried and sentenced in absentia.

“Soro, like Gbagbo, was excluded because he has a criminal record,” Ouattara said.

“Each of them are perfectly aware that their candidacies are based on provocation … Guillaume Soro doesn’t deserve to be on the campaign trail but in prison,” he said.

“This young man, drunk on money and power, has simply lost his head.”

‘Serious threats to peace’

Ouattara and Gbagbo battled for control of the country after Gbagbo lost 2010’s presidential election and refused to hand over the reins. The resulting violence left 3,000 dead.

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 political rivals -- Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara -- ended their presidential campaigns with noisy rallies, ahead of a vote aiming to

Over five months, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara made a major U-turn before declaring to his unsettled country that he would run for a third term. The violent response to the announcement has stirred memories of a brief civil war that erupted after then president Laurent Gbagbo refused to

Ouattara was given crucial help at that time by Soro, 47, who under Ouattara’s ensuing presidency was appointed prime minister and then speaker of the parliament, before the pair fell out last year.

Gbagbo, 75, was freed conditionally by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague after he was cleared in January 2019 of crimes against humanity.

He is living in Brussels pending the outcome of an appeal against the ICC ruling.

His election candidacy was rejected on the grounds that he was handed a 20-year jail term by an Ivorian court last November over the looting of the local branch of the Central Bank of West African States during the post-election crisis.

Soro, who lives in France, was barred from contesting the election on the grounds of a 20-year sentence, also in absentia, for alleged embezzlement of public funds handed down in April.

Thirty-eight other candidates were ruled out by the Constitutional Council, leaving just four, including Ouattara.

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.

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 of a repeat of the conflict that claimed It cleared only four of the 44 candidates for the October 31 presidential election.

His application ignited accusations that he is seeking to sidestep constitutional limits on presidential terms. Fifteen people died in clashes last month.

Ouattara, re-elected in 2015, had announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third term.

But he changed his mind after his preferred successor, prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, died of a sudden heart attack in July.

He argued that a 2016 revision of the constitution reset the term limit to zero – a view backed by the Constitutional Council but which prompted outrage among the country’s opposition.

The country’s National Council for Human Rights (CNDH) on Thursday expressed its “deep concern” at the situation ahead of the election “which certainly creates the conditions for serious violations of human rights and poses serious threats to social peace”.

After meeting with the main opposition candidates and the ruling party in recent days, the CNDH in a statement called on all the country’s political forces to take measures to guarantee public freedoms, and start “inclusive dialogue to find lasting solutions”.

It also called for investigations to be launched into “allegations of violence constituting human rights violations”.

I.Coast hikes cacao minimum price by 21 percent .
Ivory Coast, the world's biggest cacao exporter, said Thursday it would hike the guaranteed minimum price for farmers by 21 percent for the 2020-2021 growing season. The announcement was made by President Alassane Ouattara at the start of an annual trade fair for the cacao industry, the West African country's biggest economic sector. "We have decided to increase the price from 825 to 1,000 CFA francs (from $1.48 to $1.79) a kilo," he said toThe announcement was made by President Alassane Ouattara at the start of an annual trade fair for the cacao industry, the West African country's biggest economic sector.

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