Ivory Coast’s ruling party is trying to resolve a looming political crisis by asking President Alassane Ouattara to run for a third term.
President Ouattara had announced that he would not be seeking a third term in office, saying he wanted the new generation to take over.
The man who was picked to run on the ticket of the ruling party, Prime Minister, Amadou Gon Coulibaly suddenly died earlier this month.
Amadou Gon Coulibaly fell ill during a cabinet meeting and died afterwards at the hospital.
His death has left the ruling party in a state of confusion ahead of the presidential election in October.
The executive director of the Ivorian ruling party RHDP, Adama Bictogo, told RFI that Mr Ouattara was “best placed” to beat the opposition and was the “cement” holding the party together.
Mr Bictogo says President Ouattara should stand to avoid splitting the party but Mr. Ouattara is reportedly “still hesitating” seeking a third term.
Earlier this month the Le Monde in an article quoted a foreign observer as saying: “If Gon Coulibaly were unfit, Ouattara would have no choice but to run as a candidate because there is no plan B.
“This matter has so far remained taboo because the president has clearly shown his willingness to leave and indicated who his choice was to succeed him.”
President Ouattara was first elected in 2010 in an election that sparked a brief civil war when his predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo, refused to concede defeat.
Around 3,000 people died in the violence. Political tensions have however been on the rise recently after the government issued an arrest warrant for Guillaume Soro.