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Ouattara declines leadership of Ivory Coast ruling party

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<p>Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara has declined an opportunity to continue as leader of the ruling Rally of Republicans (<span class="caps">RDR</span>) party.</p> <p>The 75-year-old whiles rejecting the position also put forward a female nominee for the post during the <span class="caps">RDR</span>’s third congress held in the capital Abidjan over the weekend.</p> <p>His nominee, Henriette Diabate, was subsequently voted leader by acclamation whiles the President was also appointed an honorary president of <span class="caps">RDR</span>. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/IvoryCoast?src=hash">#IvoryCoast</a>'s <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Ouattara?src=hash">#Ouattara</a> has turned down the presidency of his ruling <span class="caps">RDR</span>. Proposes longtime party stalwart Henriette Diabate.</p>— Joe Bavier (@JoeBavier) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeBavier/status/906883704424890368">September 10, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Turning down the post came as a shock to most party loyalists and political watchers across the continent. </p> <p>Ouattara won elections in 2010 (he took office only in 2011 because of the political crisis at the time). He was re-elected in 2015 for a second and last which ends in 2020. </p> <p>He also insisted on maintaining and strengthening political alliances notably with the Democratic Party of Cote d’Ivoire (<span class="caps">PDCI</span>) of former President Henri Konan Bédie in view of the next presidential election in 2020.</p>
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