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Ivory Coast: Timeline since Ouattara’s candidacy

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Ivory Coast's ruling party RHDP has officially nominated President Alassane Ouattara to seek re-election for a third term

Ivory Coast has been in turmoil after President Alassane Ouattara shook the country by declaring he would run for a third term in the elections on October 31.

A timeline:

– Ouattara steps aside –

On March 5, 2020, Ouattara, 78, announces he will not run for a third term in order to make way for “the younger generation”. It ends months of speculation over whether he would seek another mandate.

– Coulibaly steps in –

In mid-March, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly is nominated as the ruling RHDP party’s candidate.

– Sudden death –

On July 8, Coulibaly dies unexpectedly from a heart attack, plunging the country into uncertainty.

– Ouattara will run –

On August 6, Ouattara finally announces he will seek re-election in October.

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The opposition slam the decision, saying it is against the constitution, which allows two terms, but Ouattara and his supporters argue that a 2016 constitutional tweak reset the clock.

– Protests and violence –

Ouattara’s announcement triggers protests that turn violent, leaving around 15 people dead.

On August 22, Ouattara is formally chosen by his party to run for a third term.

– Gbagbo and Soro candidates –

On September 3, former rebel leader turned prime minister Guillaume Soro files his candidacy, and supporters of former president Laurent Gbagbo submit an application in his name.

The ex-president Henri Konan Bedie, 86, is officially nominated as a candidate for his party on September 12.

– Validated and rejected –

On September 14, the country’s top court authorises only four candidacies out of 44 applications it received. It validates Ouattara’s bid but bars Gbagbo and Soro.

– Boycott call –

On October 15, Bedie and former prime minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan — two leading opposition candidates — call for an “active boycott” of the electoral process running up to the poll, which they brand “illegal”.

Since August, deadly incidents and clashes have left at least 30 dead.

[AFP]

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