Ivory Coast Opposition Leader Stands Firm By Decision To Contest Elections

Ivory Coast ex-rebel leader and former premier Guillaume Soro, whose bid for the presidency has been invalidated by a court, insisted Thursday his candidacy was irrevocable even as he attacked the 31 October elections as a scheme to enshrine 78-year-old Alassane Ouattara as head of state.

Soro urged the country’s opposition parties to unite against Ouattara even as he insisted that the 31 October presidential poll does not make any sense as it was designed to endorse the institutional state coup d’etat of Alassane Ouattara. Soro, who served as prime minister from 2007 to 2012, urged Ivory Coast opposition leaders to unite and to seize (regional bloc) Ecowas in order to obtain transparent elections. And he insisted that on 31 October, there will be no election. Ivory Coast’s top court rejected 40 presidential election candidates, validating the contested bid of the incumbent head of state but side-lining his predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo and Soro, a one-time Ouattara ally.

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