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Ivory Coast Rejects Africa Court Order On Elections

Ivory Coast says it will not recognize a court order from the African court on its upcoming election. The court had ruled on Tuesday on Human and Peoples’ Rights that allowed former prime minister, Guillaume Soro to run in next month’s elections.

Ivory Coast government had barred Soro from the elections because of an alleged previous conviction. The constitutional court in the country also barred a former president, Laurent Gbagbo, from the elections on similar grounds.

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Government spokesperson Sidi Tiémoko Touré said Ivory Coast authorities will only recognize a decision by the country’s constitutional court and not the African court.

Ivory coast had withdrawn from the African court’s charter in April.

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On Thursday, Soro told journalists in Paris that his candidacy is firm, “unchangeable and irrevocable,” adding that his country was “on the brink” since President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to seek a third term in office.

He then urged Ivory Coast opposition leaders to unite and to “seize (regional bloc) ECOWAS in order to obtain transparent elections”.

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There have been protests in the country over president Alassane Ouattara’s decision to run for a third term after his preferred successor died in July.

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

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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