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Ivory Coast president says will not run for third term


(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 21, 2019 Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara arrives at the Presidential Palace to meet with his French counterpart in Abidjan, as part of a three day visit to West Africa. – Ouattara announced on March 5, 2020, that he will not run in October’s presidential election, AFP reports. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP)

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said on Thursday he would not run in October’s election, ending months of speculation over whether he would seek a third term.

October’s election is a major challenge for the Ivory Coast after its 2010-2011 ballot ended in violence between political rivals that killed 3,000 people.

“I would like to solemnly announce that I will not be a candidate in the October 31, 2020, presidential election and I will transfer power to the younger generation,” Ouattara said in a speech to Congress.


Ouattara, first elected in 2010 and then re-elected in 2015, had kept Ivorians guessing over his political future, saying last year that he could run again if his traditional rivals were candidates.

Ouattara in 2010-11 ousted the then-president, Laurent Gbagbo, who refused to step down after losing elections in a standoff that triggered violent street clashes.


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