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Former Prime Minister Pascal Affi N'Guessan, 67, presidential candidate of October 31 affirmed to subscribe to the call for civil disobedience launched Sunday by another candidate, the former president Henri Konan Bédié.
Surrounded by several members of the opposition, Mr. Bédié launched his appeal after the decision of the Constitutional Council to validate the candidacy for a controversial third term of President Alassane Ouattara and to reject 40 of the 44 candidacies including those of the former President Laurent Gbagbo and the former rebel leader and Prime Minister Guillaume Soro.
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"Because of the dictatorship of Alassane Ouattara, I fully and totally subscribe to the disobedience advocated by President Henri Konan Bédié and all the political forces and social issues in Côte d'Ivoire, "said Mr. Affi N'Guessan, former Prime Minister of Laurent Gbagbo with whom he has had conflicting relations for several years.
"" On behalf of the FPI, I appeal to (...) all Ivorians in love with peace, freedom and democracy to stand ready to translate into concrete actions the slogans that will be addressed in the next days ", continued Mr. Affi N'Guessan, who came second, with 9.29% of the vote, during the presidential election in 2015.
Pascal Affi N'Guessan is legally the president of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) founded by Laurent Gbagbo, but he is contested by a faction of the faithful of the latter, the "Gor" (Gbagbo or nothing) who do not recognize him as a leader.
Presidential in Côte d'Ivoire: Bédié calls for "civil disobedience"
© Issouf SANOGO Ivory Coast's former president and PDCI candidate for the October 31, presidential election Henri Konan Bedie gestures during the main opposition parties meeting in Abidjan on September 20, 2020 Tensions over Ivory Coast's presidential race stepped up a gear September 20, 2020, when Bedie called for "civil disobedience" in response to President Alassane Ouattara's bid for a third term.
"It is our joint fire at all of us, the opposition, which will strengthen our approach . If we are all seated together to discuss and act, then we will get there, ”he added, dismissing any idea of boycotting the election.
"I will be in the election", assured Mr. Affi N'Guessan, who wants to fight for "a fair and transparent election".
Elected in 2010, re-elected in 2015, Mr. Ouattara, 78, announced in March that he was giving up running for a third term, before changing his mind in August, after the death of his designated dolphin, the Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly.
The Constitution limits the number of presidential terms to two, but the Constitutional Council estimated that the entry into force of a new Constitution in 2016 had reset the counters to zero, which the opposition fiercely contests.
Violence, in the wake of the announcement of President Ouattara's candidacy, killed some fifteen people in August.
The fear of deadly violence is strong in this West African country, ten years after the post-electoral crisis born of the 2010 presidential election which left 3,000 dead.
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