President Ouattara of Ivory Coast to seek 3rd term in office - Sources

President Ouattara of Ivory Coast to seek 3rd term in office - Sources

- President Ouattara of Ivory Coast is said to be considering a third term in office

- According to sources, the president was said to have informed his inner circle about it

- However, Ouattara's aides have dismissed the report, saying the president will not seek a re-election

Sources have disclosed that Ivory Coast's president Alassane Ouattara has the intention to seek another term in office as the country prepares for presidential election.

Bloomberg reports that the 77-year-old president was said to have informed his inner circle in the Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace coalition about his intention.

Legit.ng gathers that the sources said President Ouattara has not decided when to make a public declaration of his intention to seek re-election.

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However, the spokeswoman for the president, Massere Toure, said Ouattara had said several times that he would not seek a third mandate.

A spokesman for the party, Mamadou Toure, also said: “We have to take his word for it.” According to him, the president's intention to seek re-election is false.

The constitution of the country stipulates that one person can only be allowed two terms of five years at the presidency.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that following the decision of International Criminal Court in Hague to acquit former Ivory Coast president and warlord, Laurent Gbagbo, of post-election violence, the prosecution team vowed to appeal the judgement.

Gbagbo, together with his right-hand man, Charles Ble Goud, were cleared of violence and crimes against humanity on Tuesday, January 15, by the ICC judges.

The court also ordered their release, but postponed it pending a fresh hearing on Wednesday, January 16, where prosecutors would be able to lay out objections.

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But in a reaction to the court verdict, disgruntled prosecution lawyers, in a document, filed an "urgent request" for appeal of the judgement.

The team said: "It has determined that it intends to appeal... following the acquittals."

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