Presidential election on 25th October
Ivory Coast has announced its presidential election will be held on 25th October.
The last presidential election, which had been delayed for five years, was held on 31st October and 28th November 2010 in a tense two round contest between current President Alassane Ouattara and the then President Laurent Gbagbo. The results showed a win for Ouattara but the incumbent president refused to give up his post. After several months stand-off Gbagbo was finally captured and is currently awaiting trial before the International Criminal Court in The Hague for alleged crimes against humanity.
The official result of the 2010 election gave Laurent Gbagbo 45.9% and Alassane Ouattara 54.1%.
Alassane Ouattara submitted his nomination papers for the 2015 poll soon after the announcement on Wednesday and is expected to win the election. He has presided over five years of unprecedented growth in the country and Reuters reports a poll by the International Republican Institute (IRI) in June suggested that 77% approved of the work of the president with two thirds saying the country was heading in the right direction.
Former President Henri Konan Bédié has called on his party, the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire – African Democratic Rally (PDCI-RDA) to back Ouattara for a second term.
Pascal Affi N’Guessan, the new leader of Gbagbo’s Ivorian Patriotic Front (FPI), is the person most likely to challenge the incumbent president for the job.