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US diplomat urges Ivorian president to ‘abide by his word’

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On Monday, 11 February 2019, US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale urged Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara to “abide by his own words” by not running for the presidency in 2020.

“Mr. Ouattara said he will not be a candidate. This is a statement that condemns him”, David Hale, who spoke on his country’s foreign policy at the premises of the National School of Administration (ENA) of Cote d’Ivoire declares. For the American diplomat, President Ouattara “must respect his own words”.

Several other topics were discussed during this exchange with students from different universities and public institutions.

David Hale encouraged the authorities ahead of the upcoming polls, including the 2020 presidential election to overhaul the Independent Electoral Commission of Cote d’Ivoire (CEI).

“We must ensure that all institutions are strengthened, that all those who have the right to be registered on the electoral list are indeed registered”, he insisted, deploring the “violence, irregularities” during the precedent polls.

This visit to Cote d’Ivoire of the American diplomat comes against the backdrop of fierce debate on the 2020 presidential poll.

Speaking Monday, on Radio France Internationale (RFI) about his possible candidacy to the polls, on President Ouattara argued: “It is very clear. I can run if I wish”.

– APA

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