UN envoy calls for peaceful Ivory Coast elections


The special UN envoy for West Africa has urged peaceful elections in Ivory Coast at the end of a week-long visit.

Mohammed Ibn Chamba met President Alassane Ouattara who is running for the third team after his preferred successor died.

President Ouattara’s candidacy had caused tension in Ivory Coast and led to protests. The elections are scheduled to take place on 31 October.

Chambas also met three of the president’s challengers, electoral body officials and civil society representatives.

Chambas urged all actors to ensure that a peaceful and inclusive election and respect human rights.

The country’s main presidential election challenger, Henri Konan Bedie, called for a campaign of civil disobedience to stop the president from seeking a third term.

Several candidates including former President Laurent Gbagbo and the former Prime Minister Guillaume Soro have been barred from running because of previous convictions.

At least 10 people have died since riots broke out last month after President Ouattara announced his candidacy.

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