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Ivory Coast leader rejects talks as rivals seek vote boycott

Ivory Coast leader rejects talks as rivals seek vote boycott

ANGE ABOA IVORY Coast President Alassane Ouattara has rejected calls for negotiations from rivals urging a boycott of an October 31 election they say he should not be standing for. Ouattara's main challengers, ex-President Henri Konan Bedie and ex-prime minister Pascal Affi N'Guessan, accuse the 78-year-old former International Monetary Fund (IMF) economist of violating the constitution by standing for a third term. Protests against Ouattara's candidacy have killed more than a dozen people since August. Thousands of cheering supporters greeted Ouattara in Bouake, the capital of the rebellion that swept him to power in 2011 after a disputed election, as…
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