Ivory Coast Ruling Party Nominates President Ouattara to Seek Another Term

Ivory Coast’s ruling RHDP party nominated President Alassane Ouattara to seek re-election, but he is withholding a decision on seeking a third term. Earlier this year, the 76-year old Ouattara spoke of turning over the leadership reigns to a new generation. Ouattara’s plans to bow out may have changed when his prime minister and preferred successor Amadou Gon Coulibaly died of cardiac arrest earlier this month. During a tribute to Coulibaly, the president said he needed time to decide if he would consider seeking re-election. Ouattara could announce his decision on running again during a planned speech to the nation August 6. Opposition groups in Ivory Coast oppose Ouattara extending his 10-year reign, citing a third term in office would be unconstitutional. Voters are expected to choose the country’s next president on October 31. 

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