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World Ivory Coast Opposition Unites Against a Third Term for Ouattara

04:20  21 september  2020
04:20  21 september  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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.

Ivory Coast ’s main opposition candidate in next month’s polls called for civil disobedience to stop President Alassane Ouattara from a seeking a third term . About a dozen people have been killed and scores injured since Ouattara , 78, last month announced he would be running again.

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Ivory Coast 's main presidential election challenger and a group of opposition parties called on Sunday for a civil disobedience campaign to stop President Alassane Ouattara 's bid for a third term on Oct 31. The election is seen as one of the biggest tests of the stability of the West

(Bloomberg) -- Ivory Coast’s main opposition candidate in next month’s polls called for civil disobedience to stop President Alassane Ouattara from a seeking a third term.

Alassane Ouattara wearing a suit and tie: Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara arrives at the Presidential Palace to meet with his French counterpart in Abidjan, as part of a three day visit to West Africa. © Photographer:  Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara arrives at the Presidential Palace to meet with his French counterpart in Abidjan, as part of a three day visit to West Africa.

Henri Konan Bedie, 86, told a mass gathering of normally-fractious opposition parties and their supporters Sunday that “faced with this situation, there was only one slogan left: civil disobedience.”

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 main presidential election challenger and a group of opposition parties have called for a civil disobedience campaign to stop President Alassane Ouattara ’s bid for a third term on October 31. The election is seen as one of the biggest tests of the stability of the West African nation since a

Ivory Coast 's Constitutional Council has cleared Ouattara , former President Henri Konan Bedie, and two other candidates to contest the vote. Bedie told a packed opposition PDCI party hall in Abidjan the parties, after a meeting on Sunday, had come together to stop Ouattara 's third - term bid. "It is left to

He didn’t specify what that meant, though it could include anything from protests to a full boycott of the election on Oct. 31.

About a dozen people have been killed and scores injured since Ouattara, 78, last month announced he would be running again. He won the approval of the constitutional council on Sept. 14, but his critics maintain Ivorian law only allows two presidential terms. His supporters argue that a new constitution adopted in 2016 reset the clock.

It’s the biggest test of stability for the world’s top cocoa producer since Ouattara took office in 2011, following a violent standoff with former President Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to accept defeat in a presidential vote five months earlier. Gbagbo and Guillaume Soro, ex-speaker of parliament and former rebel leader, are among those who didn’t make the final list of candidates that includes Ouattara, Bedie and two others.

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African court opposes election bar on I.Coast ex-president Gbagbo .
Ivory Coast should allow former president Laurent Gbagbo, who has been barred from key presidential elections next month, to stand, the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights said Friday. It was the second time in 10 days that the court, established by African Union members in 2004, called on the Ivorian state to allow a barred candidate to take part in the tense October 31 election in the world's top cocoa grower. The court, based in ArushaIt was the second time in 10 days that the court, established by African Union members in 2004, called on the Ivorian state to allow a barred candidate to take part in the tense October 31 election in the world's top cocoa grower.

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