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Ivory Coast President Ouattara says he will run for…

ABIDJAN, Aug 6 – Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said on Thursday he would seek re-election in October, formally accepting the ruling party’s nomination to be its candidate and defying opponents who say the constitution forbids a third term

Ouattara, who has governed since 2011, said in March that he would not run again. But his preferred successor, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, died in July, leading the party to ask Ouattara to reconsider that decision. (Reporting by Loucoumane Coulibaly Writing by Alessandra Prentice Editing by Leslie Adler)

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