An opposition coalition in Ivory coast has fiercely opposed plans by the Ivorian government to hold a referendum on a new constitution.
The group, comprising 23 parties, said the proposed referendum will dent democracy in the west African country, while arguing that there was no consultation with other political parties over the matter.
“We are seeking to mobilize all Ivorians. We are not alone, the vast majority of civil society is with us.We will ask all Ivorians to overwhelmingly reject the new constitution and we are convinced that it shall be so,” Bamba Moriféré, the coalition spokesperson said.
We will ask all Ivorians to overwhelmingly reject the new constitution and we are convinced that it shall be so
Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara had pledged during his re-election campaign last year, to scrap a controversial clause which indicates presidential candidates must prove their parents are both natural-born Ivorians, and have never claimed citizenship of another country.
The clause is believed to have contributed to years of civil war and unrest in the country.
Additionally, the president is seeking to introduce the new post of a vice- president who will take over and complete the presidential term if he were to be incapacitated or die while in office.
The referendum, which was approved by parliament just over a week ago, is expected to be held in September or October before parliamentary elections later this year.