In his address to the nation on the eve of the national holiday, the President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire declared his candidacy for the presidential election of October 31, 2020. The Head of State thus chose this special forum of this day dedicated to the nation to respond to “a call from his political party the RHDP”.

Thus trampling on the constitutional provisions on the limitation of the number of mandates, but also on the non-confusion of the will of the political parties with that of the nation.

President Alassane Ouattara is at the end of his two mandates authorized by the constitution of the 2nd Republic in article 35 and transcribed into the constitution of the 3rd Republic in articles 55 and 183 limiting the number of presidential mandates to two.

In view of respecting these constitutional provisions, the President of the Republic solemnly, on March 5, 2020 before the two parliamentary chambers of the Republic, announced his decision not to run for a third term.

He also invoked the weight of his age (78 years), which according to him would not allow him to support again the load of the presidential function.

As a reminder, the Head of State was elected in 2010 and then re-elected in 2015, under the constitution of the 2nd Republic. He therefore effectively exercised his two mandates of the 2nd Republic which end on October 31, 2020.
After his election in 2015 for his 2nd and last term, he organized a constitutional referendum on October 30, 2016. It is the result of this ballot that allowed him to promulgate on November 8, 2016 the new constitution of the 3rd Republic.

It is therefore not affected by the constitution of the 3rd Republic. This was also defended in his time by the drafters of this constitution, by the Head of State himself and his close collaborators as well.

He cannot therefore, after having completed his two terms of the 2nd Republic, find himself a candidate for the 3rd Republic in which the constitution in articles 55 and 183 prohibit him from being a candidate for a 3rd term.

As we repeated, the outgoing President is not concerned by the constitution of the 3rd Republic.

From this observation, we consider that the President of the Republic has just been guilty of Perjury and High Treason.

Faced with this situation, which is today a source of instability that could lead to serious unrest across the country in the days and months to come,

The political and citizen movement L’ALTERNATIVE-CI with its Leader Mr. Seth KOKO, candidate for the presidential election of October 2020, declares as of now the following:

1- Asks the higher courts of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, which are the Constitutional Council and the High Court of Justice, to urgently self-seize this State case in order to bring the Head of State back to respect the fundamental law of which he is the guarantor.

2- Calls for the postponement of the presidential election for six months in order to apply the recommendations of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and to organize a peaceful, credible and fair election.

3- To recommend to the party in power to appoint an eligible candidate in accordance with the constitution, replacing the outgoing President who ends his second and last term.

4- Indicate to the higher courts of the State that if a Head of State, from the top of his eminence, holder of powers over the army, the legislature, the judiciary and the “Independent Electoral Commission” has violated the constitution and no ” did not respect his word given of March 5, 2020 as well as that given to his peers in the international community, if the latter were to be a candidate, it is neither the Electoral Commission, nor the Constitutional Council that will be able to make him accept the result of his electoral defeat on October 31st.


5- Asks its Leader to order within eight days a decision to suspend his participation in the election of October 31, 2020, in the event that the higher courts of the nation prove to be passive on the question of the declared candidacy of the outgoing President.

6- Sending its Leader on a mission to ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States), Ivorian political leaders in exile, then to the International Community to seek solutions to this umpteenth crisis that the President Alassane Ouattara imposes on Côte d’Ivoire.

Our entry into politics being to put an end to these 30 years of “pre-and-post electoral” conflicts by our accession to the supreme office, we are working to ensure that this election is not a new occasion to mourn the Ivory Coast.

The President of the Republic must respect the laws so that the people can respect them in turn.

This decision will be sent by bailiff to the institutions indicated below:
— Constitutional Council
– The High Court of Justice
– Independent Electoral Commission
– Presidency of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
– UN
– UA
– EU
– France
– Nigeria
– Britain
– Platforms, EDS, CDRP
– Civil society organizations

Done in Abidjan on August 14, 2020
Mr. Seth KOKO,
2020 presidential candidate