ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara says he’s approved that the ruling party’s nomination and will operate for a third term in October.
The ruling party nominated Ouattara past week. Its prior nominee,” Prime Minister Amadou Coulibaly, expired in July from a heart attack.
“I have resolved to respond positively to the requests of my fellow taxpayers,” Ouattara said in a televised speech.
Ouattara had sworn in March to not run again. But on Thursday he said the departure of the ministry”leaves a void in the group which I had set in place”
Ouattara’s primary challenger, resistance candidate Henri Konan Bedie, who was president from 1993 to 1999, has advised France 24 which Ouattara’s candidacy will be”illegal”
Pascal Affi N’Guessan, the offender for former President Laurent Gbagbo’s Ivorian Popular Front party, also voiced reservations regarding Ouattara’s candidacy, stating his mandate ends in 2020, according to the nation’s basic law which limits presidential terms.
Ouattara has contended that using modifications made to the ministry in 2016, his prior conditions don’t rely on the two-term limit.