Ivory Coast President cleared to Seek controversial third term
Ivory Coast’s Constitutional Council cleared 78 year old President Alassane Ouattara to seek a controversial third term in next month’s election as it rejected the candidacy of two prominent opposition leaders.
The incumbent and his main challenger, Henri Konan Bedie, are among four candidates out of 44 presidential hopefuls that the panel allowed to participate in the Oct. 31 vote. It barred ex-speaker of parliament and former rebel leader Guillaume Soro, as well as Laurent Gbagbo, Ouattara’s predecessor, in a decision that may stir unrest.
The list of candidates selected for the presidential election of October 2020;
3-Henri Konan Bédié
4-Kouadio Konan Bertin
Apart from these candidacy files validated by the Constitutional Council, those of Laurent Gbagbo, Soro Guillaume, Mamadou Koulibaly, Albert Mabri Toikeusse, Gnamien Konan and Amon Tanoh Marcel were declared inadmissible by the Constitutional Council, as well as many other files.
The presidential election is scheduled for October 31st, 2020.