Alassane Ouatarra, President of Ivory Coast chose the perfect moment to announce his third term Presidential bid.
On the 60th independence anniversary of the French colony, the President announced he will be contesting in the October 31st election.
His political party, Rassemblement des Houphouëtistes pour la Démocratie et la Paix (RHDP) mobilised its activists in various locations across Abidjan.
In his speech which spanned 25 minutes,
Ouatarra said: “On 5 March, I informed the citizens of Côte d’Ivoire of my desire to abstain from pursuing another presidential bid in order to pass on the torch to a new generation. I had started to organise my departure, plan my post- presidential life and resume the work of my foundation,”
He revealed the reason behind the rescinding of his earlier decision, saying it’s because of the death of his hand-picked successor.
On 8 July, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, presidential candidate supported by Ouatarra gave up the ghost.
“Given these exceptional circumstances, I have decided to respond favourably to the call of my fellow citizens. This decision, which I have carefully considered, is a duty which I accept in order to do what is best for the nation,” he added, going as far as describing the choice to contest as “a sacrifice.”