Cote d’Iviore government faults Gbagbo’s party on Ouattara’s eligibility for 2015 poll

Ouattra intends to run for second term

The Cote d’Ivoire government on Thursday faulted comments by the country’s Popular Front, (FPI) party, suggesting that President Alassane Ouattara should not be presented in the 2015 presidential election in the county.

The spokesperson of the government, Bruno Kone, told journalists after a council meeting on Wednesday that Mr. Ouattara had performed creditably well to earn a re-election.

The FPI’s National President, Pascal N’guessan, while addressing party faithful on Tuesday in Abidjan, described Mr. Ouattara as “unsalable” in 2015.

Mr. Ouattara had, during his visits to some regions in the country, declared his intention to run for a second term in office.

Mr. Kone described the statement by Mr. N’guessan as an expression of Mr. N’guessan’s personal feeling.

“We leave him to enjoy freedom of speech. He is not speaking for the people; the people are aware of where they are coming from. Our citizens are well positioned to tell the difference, they are aware of the developments Ouattara has recorded in just two years, developments that seemed impossible in the past,” he said.

The minister assured that the current administration remained focused on delivering on its campaign promises to the country.

“We are bent on delivering on our mandate, no amount of blackmail will stop this,” he said.

Meanwhile, the government has announced moves to open discussion with opposition parties towards the 2015 presidential election.

The Minister of State for Dialogue with Opposition, Jeannot Kouadio, said the move was to ensure a successful poll come 2015.

The country, the world’s largest cocoa beans producer, has remained politically divided after the post-election violence that rocked it in 2010.

The crisis which erupted following a disputed election between Mr. Ouattara and former President and FPI leader, Laurent Gbagbo, is reported to have caused the death of some 3,000 persons.


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