Ivory Coast: President Ouattara Endorsed for 2020 Elections

Ivory Coast’s ruling party, the Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP), has nominated President Alassane Ouattara as its candidate for the national elections in October.

The 78-year-old president – who has been in power since 2010 – won his second term in office in 2015. With RHDP’s endorsement, he could pursue becoming re-elected for a third term.

The nomination was revealed in a statement released by Ouattara on Wednesday, 29 July – nearly three weeks after Amadou Gon Coulibaly, the prime minister of the Ivory Coast, passed away following cardiac arrest.

The prime minister had been handpicked by President Ouattara to be his successor and the next leader of the ruling party prior to Coulibaly’s death.

In the statement, Ouattara said that he needed more time to think about accepting the RHDP’s nomination.

He explained: “I take note of the resolutions of the political council and of your request. I ask you to continue to have a thought for [Coulibaly], and to give me time for meditation and recovery before giving you an answer very soon.”

His decision will be announced next Thursday, 6 August.

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