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Pres­i­den­tial ri­vals boy­cott Ivory Coast poll

- Politics · Elections · Cote d'Ivoire · Latin America Politics · Henri Konan Bédié

The two main chal­lengers to Ivory Coast’s Pres­i­dent Alas­sana Ou­at­tara in this month’s elec­tion have an­nounced they are boy­cotting the poll.

At a joint news con­fer­ence, the for­mer head of state, Henri Ko­nan Bédié, and the for­mer prime min­is­ter, Pas­cal Affi N’Gues­san, called on their sup­port­ers to block what they de­scribed as an elec­toral coup.

Ou­at­tara is stand­ing for a third term on 31 Oc­to­ber, which his op­po­nents say is il­le­gal.

Their dec­la­ra­tion - on the first of­fi­cial day of cam­paign­ing - has raised fears of ma­jor po­lit­i­cal un­rest.

Elec­toral vi­o­lence when Pres­i­dent Ou­at­tara first took of­fice in 2010 led to 3,000 deaths and half a mil­lion dis­placed.

The only other op­po­si­tion can­di­date - af­ter sev­eral oth­ers were dis­qual­i­fied - is the for­mer MP Koua­dio Ko­nan Bertin.

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