Ivory Coast Election

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Côte d’Ivoire: "Stop to a third term" – Anti-Ouattara Rally joined by opposition leaders
Tweet reads: "Supporters of Ivory Coast's Coast opposition coalition parties hold signs during a stadium rally to protest against president Alassane Ouattara's bid for a third term in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, October 10, 2020. The front sign reads: "Stop to a third term".
Tweet reads: "Supporters of Ivory Coast's Coast opposition coalition parties hold signs during a stadium rally to protest against president Alassane Ouattara's bid for a third term in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, October 10, 2020. The front sign reads: "Stop to a third term". Credit: @Cropperboyce via Twitter (Reproduction)

Opposition leaders have joined thousands of opposition supporters to protest President Alassane Ouattara's plan to seek a third term in the Oct. 31 presidential election. People held banners that said "The people say no to an illegal third term" and "Stop to a third term".

Ouattara has been in power for almost a decade and has announced he'd run for a third term after his chosen successor's sudden death.

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Côte d'Ivoire: President Alassane Outtara will run for third term
President of the Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara, 2017
President of the Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara, 2017 Credit: U.S. Department of State from United States / Public domain

Côte d'Ivoire President Alassane Outtara said he will run for re-election in October. Outtara has already served the maximum of two terms. Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly was supposed to be his successor for the upcoming election, but he died earlier this month.

Outtara went on television and said: "Faced with this case of force majeure and out of civic duty, I have decided to respond favourably to the call of my fellow citizens asking me to be a candidate in the presidential election of 31 October 2020."

The opposition has condemned this move and pointed out that the constitution forbids a third term.