Sticking to power: Ivory Coast President’s third term validated

Ivory Coast's Alassane/Photo Courtesy

The Oppositions in Ivory Coast have come out strongly to reject President Alassane’s re-election for the third time. A term goes for 5 years.

According to them, it violates the constitution which only allows a president to stay in the office for a maximum of two terms only.

Ivory Coast’s constitutional council on Monday formally validated President Alassane Ouattara’s reelection to a third term after an October 31 ballot that was marred by clashes and an opposition boycott.

Council president Mamadou Kone said in a national broadcast that the body had ratified Ouattara’s victory by more than 94 percent of the vote.

“Considering that Mr. Alassane Ouattara received 3,031,483 votes, thus achieving a score of 94.27%, above the absolute majority required, it is therefore appropriate to proclaim him elected, in the first round, President of the Republic of Ivory Coast, following the ballot of Saturday, October 31, 2020.” kone said.

Mamadou Kone

Initially, before polls, the President’s desire to contest for the third term attracted a lot of protests and clashes.

Ouattara’s main opponents are former prime minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan and former president Henri Konan Bedie.

The two have been referring to the process as electoral Coup d’Etat

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