A coalition of Ivorian opposition said Sunday in Abidjan that the idea of a third term of Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, the second of which ends in 2020, is “unconstitutional, unacceptable and unachievable”, seeing it as a “provocation “.
Alassane Ouattara declared that he did not exclude a third mandate while the battle for his succession has already begun, in an interview published in the issue no 2995 of Jeune Afrique.
” The new constitution allows me to make two terms from 2020 . I will not make my final decision until then, depending on the situation in Côte d’Ivoire. Stability and peace are paramount, including before my principles, “said the Ivorian president, questioned about the possibility of representing oneself.
” Provocation ”
“This now open declaration is pure provocation against the Ivorian people. The idea of a third term, the current head of state knows, is unconstitutional, unacceptable and unachievable in Côte d’Ivoire, “said the president of” Together for Democracy and Sovereignty “(EDS), Professor Georges Armand Ouégnin, in a statement.
EDS is a coalition of political parties, civil society associations and the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), the party of former President Laurent Gbagbo. The platform, which was particularly active during the protests against the new Senate whose election took place in March, asks especially a new electoral commission (CEI) before any new election and in particular before the presidential election of 2020.
For EDS, Alassane Ouattara “should therefore resolve, as of now, the establishment of a consensual IEC for free, fair and transparent elections, elections which it can not be in 2020, but which must be the guarantee of ‘a democratic and peaceful alternation in our country’.
After having long ruled out this possibility, President Ouattara now considers that the change of Constitution of 2016 which he is craftsman has reset all the counters to zero and that his elections of 2010 and 2015 do not count.
This interpretation, which is often broadcast by its supporters, is widely questioned by the opposition but also by a large part of the international community.
War of succession
For their part, some observers believe that the president uses the “threat” to represent himself to silence internal quarrels arising from the war of succession that has already begun. At the same time, the president is trying to turn the ruling coalition into a party to organize a primary for the 2020 presidential election .
The transformation into a unified party of the Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP) has been a sea snake of Ivorian politics for a decade.
Wanted by President Ouattara, she met with reluctance within her own party but especially its allies and especially the main of them, the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI) former President Henri Konan Bédié, which allowed his election in 2010 and 2015.
One of the stumbling blocks is precisely the nomination of the presidential candidate 2020: a part of the members of the PDCI believes that this investiture is entitled to their training, since they supported that of the Rassemblement des Républicains (the party of the president Ouattara) twice.
“I consider that the Ivorians must choose the next president in peace and without violence, as they did in 2015 (…) Democracy and transparency are my only objectives,” Alassane Ouattara told us.