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Vol 41 No 13

Published 23rd June 2000

Côte d'Ivoire

The national question

General Gueï' still hasn't decided whether Ouattara can run in the presidential polls

The battle of the conjunctions has been joined. The conjunctions in question are 'ou' and 'et'. They are dominating political debate in Abidjan. Behind it is the constitutional question about who is Ivorian and eligible to fight this year's presidential election. The proposed new constitution stipulates that presidential candidates must have never had another nationality and that their mother or father should be Ivorian. The nationalists, who dominate debate in the capital, want mother OR father changed to mother AND father. Their hope is that such a clause would would rule out the candidacy of former Premier Alassane Dramane Ouattara

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