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Unlike Biya, Buhari; Ivory Coast’s Ouattara Renounces a Third Term for the Benefit of Younger Generation

The Ivorian head of state will not seek a third term at the head of Côte d’Ivoire in 2020, although the Constitution authorizes it. Alassane Ouattara made the announcement Monday on the occasion of the constituent General Assembly of the unified party, the Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP), while promising to transfer power to a new generation in 2020.

Present at the meeting were all the ministers of the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI) of Henri Konan Bédié as well as the presidents of institutions from the same formation as Charles Koffi Diby (Economic and Social Council), Jeannot Ahoussou -Kouadio (Senate), Théophile Ahoua N’doli (State Inspectorate General), and Vice President of the Republic, Daniel Kablan Duncan.

Motivating this decision, the Ivorian leader says he is inspired by the emergence of a new class of younger leaders in the world.

“France today has a president who is 40 years old. That’s not to say I’m too old, but it’s sobering. The world is changing, the Prime Minister of Austria is 31 years old, that of Belgium has 38 and so on, “he said before adding that” we must work, President Bedie and I, to transfer power to a new generation in 2020, “he said.

Ouattara’s decision not to run again in the presidential election of 2020, which provoked an explosion of joy among the delegates pleasantly surprised by this announcement, contrasts with his position two months earlier .

Indeed, Mr. Ouattara publicly announced that the new Ivorian Constitution of 2016 reset the counters, that the presidential elections of 2010 and 2015 no longer count or that he is now entitled to run for another 2 new mandates. An announcement that provoked an avalanche of reactions in the national and international opinion.

This declaration welcomed with joy in Ivory Coast, rebat opens again the political game in the perspective of 2020. The number one Ivorian, which accepted to take the presidency of the RHDP, however did not close the door of the dialogue with his ally Henri Konan Bédié, the president of the PDCI, distant lately of the RHDP for frictions appeared around the timing of the creation of the new party and, especially, the thorny issue of alternation in 2020.

According to Jeune Afrique, the delegates of the Constituent Assembly then recommended the continuation of the dialogue with Henri Konan Bedie for his political formation to join the unified party.

“We are waiting for President Bédié to ratify the RHDP texts. Bédié can not and will not renounce his signature. Adopting the unified party’s texts after the 2020 presidential elections is not acceptable. In this marriage, no divorce. We must stay together, “the Ivorian president said, according to the same source.

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