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Côte d'Ivoire: Four Candidates Selected for Presidential Election, Guillaume Soro Sidelined
Category :- Politics Author :- L J KINGAH 
Posted on September 15, 2020, 12:00 am
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Yesterday Monday, September 14th, 2020, the Ivorian Constitutional Council published the list of candidates selected for the presidential election slated for October 31st, 2020. Out of the 44 registered candidates, only four candidates were eligible. Guillaume Soro who was sentence in absentia to 20 years in prison for embezzlement of public funds and attempt to attack state authority and the integrity of the national territory, was equally sidelined.


It was after days of studying files of registrants, that the Constitutional Council through its president, Mr. Mamadou Koné declared that inadmissible 40 files of candidate were non-compliance with the electoral code and so were ineligible.

Eligible candidates are President Alassane Ouattara, Affi N'Guessan, Kouadio Konan Bertin “KKB” and Henri Konan Bédié. Only the four candidates deemed to comply with the electoral provisions will take part on the October 31st’s election.

Ivorian President

In reaction to the publication of the list of candidates without his name, Guillaume Soro, the former president of the Ivorian National Assembly whose candidacy was rejected refuses to accept the results of the Constitutional Council.   

 “I vigorously contest the unfair and unfounded decision taken this Monday, September 14, 2020 by the Constitutional Council. I consider it an iniquitous decision, politically motivated, legally lame and which is part of logic of annihilation of democracy and the rule of law, Soro stated.

Preparing IC Elections

The one time Prime Minister of Ivory Coast, “The Constitutional Council under Mamadou Koné has thus just endorsed, and this without surprise, the forfeiture and perjury of Mr. Alassane Ouattara, thus devoting the submission of Law and Justice to the rule of the RHDP and its President.” 

To him, he and supporters cannot stand this Coup d’Etat the constitutional council is enacting. “We cannot accept this Coup d'Etat enacted by the Constitutional Council.” Soro said.
According to the politician, they must fight for democracy in their country. And though the fight may turn out harsh, Soro believes with no doubt that they will emerge victorious. “In these circumstances, I am announcing that we will take a new step in our fight for democracy in our country. It will be harsh but we will win it without a doubt. ” these were his words.

eIvory Coast prepares for elections

It should be noted that Soro’s sentence was pronounced after he expressed the will to engage in the raise for presidency.

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