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Ivory Coast President Ouattara nominated for third term

By Mutala Yakubu
President Alassane Ouattara will announce his decision next week
President Alassane Ouattara will announce his decision next week
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Ivory Coast's ruling party RHDP has officially nominated President Alassane Ouattara to seek re-election for a third term.

Mr Ouattara on Wednesday asked for more time to consider the nomination, indicating he would announce his decision in a speech to the nation on 6 August.

"I have heard messages from the various party structures, elected officials and RHDP bodies as well as those from institutional presidents and ministers who have also contacted me directly. I take note of the resolutions of the political council and of your request.

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"I ask you to continue to have a thought for Amadou [deceased prime minister] and to give me time for meditation and recovery before giving you an answer very soon," he said in a statement.

Earlier this year, the 76-year-old Ouattara spoke of paving way for a new generation to lead.

His prime minister and preferred successor Amadou Gon Coulibaly died of cardiac arrest earlier this month.

The opposition has been against the president's push for a third term.

Ivory Coast is due to hold elections on 31 October and the electoral commission has promised a fair election.

Source: BBC