THE FINAL VERDICT: OUATTARA GETS A THIRD TERM, OPPOSITION CRIES FOUL PLAY

  • 2020-11-03

Despite Ivory Coast’s constitution limiting presidents to being in power for two terms, President Alassane Ouattara has provisionally won a third term in office with 94.27% of the vote. This was announced by the country’s electoral commission early Tuesday after an election that triggered violence and was boycotted by the opposition voters. According to the electoral commission, the total turnout for the election which took place on 31st October was at 53.90%. However, The Carter Center, which monitored the election, said "the political and security situation made it difficult to organize a credible vote." Although the two major opposition candidates do not agree with Ouattara’s position to rule for a third term, stating it’s a blow to democracy in West Africa, Alassane Ouattara says "the approval of a new constitution in 2016 allowed him to restart his mandate." At the moment, opposition candidates, former President Henri Konan Bedie and ex-Prime Minister Pascal Affi N'Guessan say they will not recognize Ouattara’s victory. Many hope the current political tension in the country will not lead to unrest that will claim the lives of several persons as it happened in 2010 when a brief civil war killed over 3,000 people due to an election dispute. 

​Source: www.france24.com 
Photo: AFP