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Ivory Coast constitutional referendum to be held in October

Ivory Coast constitutional referendum to be held in October

Ivory Coast

Ivorian president on Saturday announced the creation of the post of a vice- president and a senate outlined in the framework of a new constitution. This comes at the back of the parliament voting en masse in July, in favour of a referendum the new constitution.

During a state of the nation address on the eve of the country’s 56 independence anniversary, President Alassane Ouattara said the creation of the post of a vice- president will ensure peace and stability in case there is a power vacuum in the west African nation.

With regards to the senate, the president said that it will be composed of former state workers of exemplary qualities.

We must re-write our history

“We must re-write our history,” he stressed.

The drafting of the new constitution was one of the campaign promises of Ouattara who was re-elected for a second and last term of 5 years in October last year.

However, an opposition coalition comprising 23 political parties is against the move, saying the creation of the post of a vice- president is a ploy by president Ouattara to choose his preferred successor.

Ivorians will head for referendum on the new constitution in end October, ahead of parliamentary elections later this year.

AFP

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