President Says New Ivory Coast Constitution Way to ‘Move Past Crisis’

Published: 5/Oct/2016
Source: Voice of America

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara presented the draft of the new constitution to parliament Wednesday. Among the reforms is the removal of a clause that helped trigger civil war five years ago.

The clause, Article 35, required that both parents of presidential candidates be natural-born Ivory Coast citizens, according to Reuters. The new constitution would soften that rule.

“The spirit of this draft for the new constitution is to reinforce social cohesion, to assure our country peace and stability,” Ouattara said. “It is also the opportunity to definitely move on from the past crisis that our country went through.”

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Themes: Dual Nationality, Nationality of Politicians
Regions: Côte d'Ivoire
Year: 2016