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  Ivory Coast president's main challengers boycott election
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Oct 15, 2020 02:48pm
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News DateThursday, October 15, 2020 04:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThe two main challengers to Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said on Thursday they will boycott the Oct. 31 presidential election, calling on their supporters to prevent the vote from going forward.

The move by former president Henri Konan Bedie and former premier Pascal Affi N'Guessan injects fresh uncertainty into the race, in which Ouattara is seeking a third term despite opposition claims that doing so violates the constitution. Protests against Ouattara's candidacy in August led to more than a dozen deaths and stoked fears of a new political crisis in the world's top cocoa-producing country.

Former President Laurent Gbagbo's refusal to concede defeat to Ouattara after the 2010 election sparked a brief civil war that killed 3,000 people and cratered the West African economy. "We invite our supporters across the country to block this electoral coup d'etat that President Ouattara is preparing to commit," Affi, the candidate of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), said during a joint appearance with Bedie, who was president from 1993-1999.
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