Ivory Coast court Approves referendum on new constitution


Ivory Coast’s major court on Friday validated the results of a referendum sticking behind the new constitution that was introduced by President Alassane Ouattara stating that it will help the country turn around the page after a decade of political commotion.

According to Mr. Mamadou Kon, the constitutional project is adopted president of the constitutional court noted.

He refused the request to annul the referendum from other political parties who he believed boycotted the vote, even that of the former president Laurent Gbagbo.

The immense majority of voters in Sunday’s vote backed the constitution, which generated a new post of vice president among other changes. Turnout was actually 42 percent.

The issue of the constitution, drafted under military rule after a 1999 coup, was at the heart of Ivory Coast’s upheaval.

Its most controversial clause said that both parents of presidential candidates must be natural-born Ivorians, a swipe at northerners, many of whom, like Ouattara, have family ties that straddle the borders with Burkina Faso and Mali.

The new constitution scraps that provision, which was used to disqualify Ouattara from an election in 2000, and now only one parent must be Ivorian.

Ivory Coast, the world’s top producer of cocoa, has become one of Africa’s rising economic stars since 2011 when a civil war ended.