Political opposition leaders and their supporters joined forces in a united front at a rally of over 30,000 at the Felix Houphouet Boigny stadium in Abidjan on Saturday in civil disobedience against the sought perceived unconstitutional third term of current president Alassane Ouattara at the approaching October 31s elections.
Yaho Ayo Frederick, a rally attendee, is resolute in his stance, “We Ivorians are tired. We are tired. We want to get rid of Alassane. We don’t want him any more. That’s it. I am PDCI but today there is no PDCI. It’s Côte d’Ivoire that’s here. The young people are here. We are standing as if we are one, to say “no” to a third term of Alassane Dramane Ouattara.”
Henry Konan Bédié, head of the Democratic Party of Ivory Coast – African Democratic Rally (PDCI-RDA) and former president of the country, told the crowd that the “dictatorship” of the ruling party RHDP (Rally of Houphouetists for Democracy and Peace) will be defeated.