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Ivory Coast Court Clears Ouattara’s Third Term Bid Amid Protests

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Ivory Coast court clears Ouattara's third term bid amid protests

Ivory Coast’s top court has on Monday cleared the path for President Alassane Ouattara to seek a contentious third term, as protests turned violent in several cities.

The constitutional council  it cleared only four of the 44 candidates for the October 31 presidential election. The other candidates cleared were former president Henri Konan Bedie from the historically dominant PDCI party, Gbagbo’s former prime minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan, and Kouadio Konan Bertin, a dissident from Bedie’s party.

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Meanwhile, the court barred former President Laurent Gbagbo and former rebel leader-turned-Prime Minister Guillaume Soro from standing in next month’s presidential election.

Earlier in the day, n the economic capital Abidjan, protesters torched a bus in the working-class district of Yopougon after scuffles broke out  between security forces and youths. Ouattara’s opponents say the two-term limit in the constitution bars the 78-year-old president from running again, but he has said his first two mandates do not count under the new constitution adopted in 2016.

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The electoral commission said anyone convicted of a crime will be disqualified from running for the presidency. Soro was barred because he was sentenced in April to 20 years in prison for “concealment of embezzlement of public funds,” while Gbagbo has been sentenced in absentia to a 20-year term over the looting of the local branch of the Central Bank of West African States during the 2010-11 Ivorian post-election crisis.

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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup

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Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako.  The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.

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Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.

The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy.  The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.

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Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.

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