Côte d’Ivoire – Q&A from the press briefing (06 Mar. 2020)

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Q. What do you think of President Ouattara’s statement that he would not run in the presidential election?

A. France applauds the announcement by President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire that he would not be a candidate in the 2020 presidential election, and his desire to thereby open the way to a new generation of Ivorians.

This decision can only facilitate the holding of consensus-based, inclusive elections in Côte d’Ivoire. In this regard, France applauds the mobilization of efforts by the EU and the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, which will support the Ivorian electoral process and help facilitate the emergence of a national consensus.

This announcement bolsters the provision enshrined in the constitutions of all ECOWAS nations limiting presidents to two terms in office.