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Protests in opposition to Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s contentious plan to run for a 3rd time period have turned violent in a number of cities as fears develop of a repeat of a battle that claimed 3,000 lives within the West African nation a decade in the past.
In the financial capital Abidjan, protesters torched a bus within the working-class district of Yopougon on Monday after scuffles broke out earlier within the day between safety forces and youths.
The district is regarded as a fief of exiled former president Laurent Gbagbo, whose supporters have filed an utility for him to run within the October 31 presidential election.
It was Gbagbo’s refusal to concede defeat to Ouattara after the 2010 election that sparked the bloody battle within the former French colony, previously a beacon of stability and prosperity within the area.
In the centre-west metropolis of Bangolo, demonstrators set fireplace to a mining truck and different autos on Monday, in response to a resident, who added that gendarmes dispersed them with tear fuel.
Witnesses stated safety forces took down barricades arrange by protesters on a number of roads within the west of the nation.  About 15 individuals have died in violence since Ouattara, 78, introduced final month that he would run for a 3rd time period.
Although the structure limits presidents to 2 phrases, Ouattara and his supporters argue {that a} 2016 constitutional tweak reset the clock.
The president had beforehand dedicated to not operating once more, however he modified his thoughts after the sudden dying of his anointed successor – Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly – from a coronary heart assault in July.
This week, the constitutional council is predicted to launch a listing of candidates who will likely be allowed to contest the vote from amongst 44 candidates, with two of probably the most distinguished hopefuls – Gbagbo and former insurgent chief Guillaume Soro – anticipated to be sidelined.
The electoral fee has stated anybody convicted of a criminal offense will likely be disqualified and has already barred Soro from operating as he was sentenced in April to 20 years in jail for “concealment of embezzlement of public funds”.
Gbagbo has been sentenced in absentia to a 20-year time period for the looting of the native department of the Central Bank of West African States throughout the 2010-11 disaster.
Former President Henri Konan Bedie is predicted to be the opposition’s primary flagbearer, and his PDCI celebration nominated the 86-year-old as its candidate on Saturday.

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