I Coast’s Outtara to seek re-election

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Ivory Coast's main opposition party has accused President Alassane Ouattara of using a census launched on Monday to boost his re-election chances. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

PARIS - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said on Wednesday he would run for a second term at elections scheduled for October 2015, saying the task of rebuilding the West African country after a decade of political strife was far from over.

“I found a country which was in worse condition than I expected and so it's a job that needs me to continue,” Ouattara told Reuters. “That is why I am indicating now that I intend to seek a second term from my fellow citizens.”

Ouattara took office in May 2011 following a brief civil war after his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo had refused to acknowledge his November 2010 poll victory.


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