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Ivory Coast: Opposition calls for protests against President Ouattara

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.
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Ivory Coast’s main opposition is piling pressure on President Alassane Ouattara ahead of next month’s presidential elections.

The country’s main opposition presidential candidate, Henri Konan Bédié has called for a civil disobedience campaign to stop the incumbent Ouattara from running.

Ouattara’s bid for a third term in office has sparked agitations with fears it could trigger another post-election violence.

Henri Konan Bédié, a former president said opposition parties in Ivory Coast are united to protect the stability of the nation.

Henri Konan Bédié. Photo: EPA

President Ouattara has already been approved by the constitutional court to fulfill his ambition of seeking a third term in office.

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At least ten people have died during clashes over his decision to run after announcing that he won’t.

The 76-year-old who has been in office since 2011 said he wanted the new generation to take over.

But the man he picked to run on the ticket of the ruling party, Prime Minister, Amadou Gon Coulibaly suddenly died in August.

Coulibaly’s death forced Ouattara to renege on his promise not to seek a third term in office.

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His main political rivals including former president, Laurent Gbagbo and former rebel leader, Guillaume Soro have been barred from contesting in the election.

Opposition leaders – Pascal Affi N’Guessan of the Ivorian Popular Front party of former President Laurent Gbagbo and former President Henri Konan Bedie, 86, for the PDCI-RDA party will however contest.




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