Tensions Mount Ahead of Cote d'Ivoire's Presidential Elections

Political leaders are unlikely to resolve rising tensions ahead of the much-anticipated 31 October presidential elections. The presidential election has become a contest between old adversaries for domination over Côte d'Ivoire's political affairs for potentially the next decade. The race is being shaped by figures whose actions have contributed to political instability in the past. President Alassane Ouattara (2011-) is seeking a contentious third term. Former president Henri Konan Bédié (1993-1999) is aiming to return to the position from which he was overthrown in a coup. And while former president Laurent Gbagbo (2000-2011) has been barred from competing, he remains influential and his former prime minister Pascal Affi N'Guessan has been approved writes David Kode for African Arguments.


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