Ivory Coast President Alssane Ouattara’s announcement to run for a third term has seen several citizens killed in clashes between protesters and security forces.
Four civilians have reportedly died in demonstrations that have seen President Alassane Ouattara’s supporters clashing with security forces. An 18 year-old reportedly died in a violent demonstration in the southeastern town of Bonoua, 50km from the economic hub, Abidjan.
Demonstrations by youth oppose Ouattara’s re-election campaign stating that his presidential bid is unconstitutional. Ivory Coast’s Constitution prohibits Outtara’s run for president, but he contests that this law was only approved in 2016 in the middle of his second presidential term and therefore is not applicable.
A week ago Al Jazeera released a video of President Alassane Ouattara’s public announcement that he would run for president in the country’s national elections in October. The announcement, made on Ivory Coast’s Independence day, was of great concern considering Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly had just died, reportedly of a heart attack. Ouattara had made no indication of running for presidential candidacy again before the death.