Following the announcement by President Alassane Dramane Ouattara not to stand in the presidential election for a third time, the former president of the National Assembly of Côte d’Ivoire, Guillaume Soro, reacted on his Facebook account this Saturday March 7, 2020. He considers that the current president plans to choose his successor.
Guillaume Soro sees nothing extraordinary that deserves to be underlined in the decision of President Alassane D. Ouattara not to seek to run for a third term. For him, he only respected the Ivorian constitution. On the other hand, he finds that the latter conceals his desire to change it unilaterally to cede power to one of his men. Here are the comments made on his Facebook page.
“To renounce violating the Constitution, excuse a little, is the least of things. This does no less condemn the presidential plan, fully assumed, to transfer power to a chosen successor. ” He goes on to say, “Let’s call it by name: it’s the scenario of a real crime taking place. Power belongs to the people, it’s undeniable. It is neither a heritage nor a legacy. It does not transfer. It is up to the people of Côte d’Ivoire to elect the President of the Republic. It is his inalienable right. The scheme before us is that of a plan for the devolution of the supreme power by means of a constitutional maneuver. ”
Guillaume Soro, who is still planning to run for the next presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire scheduled for October 2020, has been in Paris since December 23, 2019. He is under an international arrest warrant issued by judicial authorities.