Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, re-elected for a controversial third term, mocked Tuesday an opposition “plan”, assuring that there would be “no transition”, but also inviting him to dialogue.
Re-elected in the presidential election of October 31 with 94.27% of the vote, the head of state ironically said: “Where does this idea of transition come from? Three years before we know that there is an election, we sit in his living room and then we say that there is a transition”. Not recognizing Mr. Ouattara’s re-election because they considered a third term unconstitutional, leaders of the opposition, who boycotted the election, proclaimed a “National Transitional Council”. After several days of tension, marked by the arrest of several opposition leaders, however, a dialogue began with a meeting on November 11 between Mr. Ouattara and the leader of the opposition, former President Henri Konan Bédié. While saying he was “outraged” by the “87 deaths” (the government had counted 85 so far) caused by clashes during the election period, as well as by the fact that nearly 1.5 million Ivorians were unable to vote because of “civil disobedience” by the opposition, Mr. Ouattara called for “mutual forgiveness and tolerance.
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