“I cannot but turn with respect to the President of the Republic, whose candidacy for these next elections is not necessary, in my humble opinion”, writes Mgr Kutwa in an open letter entitled “Appeal for the respect of the Right in the consultation “.
“His sovereign duty to guarantee the Constitution calls for his courageous involvement, in order to restore calm, to bring Ivorians together, to take the time to organize the elections in an environment pacified by reconciliation”, explains the cardinal about Mr. Ouattara.
“The socio-political life of our country is entering a dangerous turn. As the expiry of the presidential elections approaches, we are forced to note the radicalization of positions on both sides. have been all the more accentuated since the declaration of candidacy of the president “, continues the prelate.
The Cardinal of Abidjan “invites everyone to engage in dialogue and consultation, in the search for solutions to this crisis which does not augur for a better tomorrow as regards the peaceful organization of the elections”.
The violence in the wake of the announcement of the controversial candidacy of Head of State Alassane Ouattara killed around 15 people in August.
The fear of deadly violence in the run-up to the October 31 election is strong, ten years after the crisis born of the 2010 presidential election, which left 3,000 dead after President Gbagbo’s refusal to recognize Alassane Ouattara’s victory.
Côte d’Ivoire, with 25 million inhabitants, has 40% Muslims, 35% Christians and 15% animists or without religion, according to official statistics.