Ouattara Launches Second Term Campaign With Promise Of Peace —Ivory Coast




Yamoussoukro (Ivory Coast) (AFP) - Ivory Coast's President Alassane Ouattara opened on Friday the electoral campaign leading up to the October 25 presidential polls, urging his country men to give him a second term to "consolidate the peace."


Coming from all over the country, thousands of campaigners wearing shirts bearing Ouattara's image waved posters and shouted their support for ADO (Alassane Dramane Ouattara) in the Ivory Coast's administrative capital of Yamoussoukro.

"For the five years to come we will strengthen our institutions to consolidate peace and live together," Ouattara said, adding that every Ivorian should be able to "seek justice with confidence to assert their rights".

The Ivorian leader has promised "ambitious" developments if he is elected for the 2016-2020 term, including "modern infrastructure, health centres and schools" for all regions.

Ouattara is the favourite to win the vote, seen as crucial to restoring stability in the country after post-poll violence in 2010 and 2011 left more than 3,000 people dead, unrest which was triggered by his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to step down and acknowledge Ouattara's victory at the ballot box.

The controversial president has faced plenty of backlash leading up to the election season.

The opposition coalition in the Ivory Coast has called for the dissolution of the electoral commission in charge of the polls, which is considered favourable to Ouattara, as well as the "effective disarmament of all militias".

In June, thousands of people demonstrated in Abidjan against the president, with some saying he had done "nothing" for the country.

Around 34,000 soldiers, including 6,000 UN peacekeepers, will be tasked with ensuring a safe vote for some 6.3 million people registered to cast their ballot on October 25.

Source: AFP
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