Ivory Coast leader says fears of age limit for presidential candidates unfounded

Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara said on Tuesday a planned revision of the constitution would not include an age limit…

Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara said on Tuesday a planned revision of the constitution would not include an age limit for presidential candidates, seeking to dispel fears that his main rivals would be unable to contest an October election.

A rise in tensions in recent weeks between Ouattara and his opponents has raised fears of election-related violence in Ivory Coast, francophone West Africa’s largest economy, where a disputed 2010 vote set off a civil war that killed 3,000 people.

Ouattara said earlier this month that he intends to revise the constitution ahead of the election to make it “more coherent” but has not provided details.

“There will be no change in the constitution to prevent anyone from being a candidate,” Ouattara told Reuters on the sidelines of a briefing at think-tank Chatham House in London.

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