From the Document: "On August 6, President Alassane Ouattara ('WAH-tah-rah') of Côte d'Ivoire declared that he would run for a third term in presidential elections scheduled for October 31. The announcement confirmed weeks of speculation that Ouattara would seek reelection following the death, on July 8, of his prime minister and favored successor. Ouattara, who had toyed with running before pledging in March to step down at the end of his second term, has won praise for presiding over general stability and rapid economic growth since taking power in 2011 following a protracted political crisis that ended in a brief civil war. Analysts warn that his decision to vie for a third term, which the opposition considers unconstitutional, could reopen societal cleavages in a country that has never seen a peaceful electoral transfer of power."
CRS Insight, IN11480
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