Ivory Coast: Campaigning for Oct. 31 presidential race begins

– – Political parties in Ivory Coast on Thursday started campaigning officially for the presidential election on October 31. Four candidates are contesting the presidential race with key opposition figures being Pascal Affi N’Guessan of the Ivorian Popular Front party and former President Henri Konan Bedie, 86, for the PDCI-RDA party. A former president, Laurent Gbagbo and a former prime minister, Guillaume Soro have all been barred from contesting in the election. President Alassane Ouattara is seeking a third term in office, a decision that has sparked protests and agitations.…

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