Elections in Côte d'Ivoire

Video Transcript

“Henri Konan Bédié came up with this terminology, ‘Ivoirité,’ that was interpreted in diverse ways. He says Ivoirité is cultural. I would like Ivoirians, my fellow countrymen to feel some kind of pride for their belongingness to the Ivoirian nation.’ Well, some of the people, his followers, said ‘No, Ivoirité means in order for you to run for office in this land you have to be born, your father, your mother should be of Ivoirian [origin]. Bottom line.’ Well, they say ‘No, Alassane Ouattara’s parents are, his dad is from Burkina, his mom is from Côte d'Ivoire so he’s excluded.’ So they even rewrote, amended the constitution and said in order for you to run for office you have to be born of [a] mother who is from Ivory Coast and a father who is from Ivory Coast. It was amended again in 2008, and you have to be born, now the new constitution says you have to be born from either a mother or father from Ivory Coast.” 

In this video, a Côte d'Ivoire expert explains elections in Côte d'Ivoire.