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Ivoirians want presidential mandates limited to two terms, age limits for presidential candidates

10 Jul 2020 Côte d'Ivoire

Most Ivoirians favour limiting presidential mandates to two terms, an Afrobarometer survey shows.

The survey, conducted in November 2019, shows that more than three-fourths (78%) of citizens say the Constitution should limit the president to a maximum of two terms. Term limits have had solid public backing since Afrobarometer began its national surveys in Côte d’Ivoire in 2013. The decision initially announced by President Alassane Ouattara not to seek a third term was thus in line with public opinion.

Ivoirians also believe there should be minimum and maximum age limits for presidential candidates. Among those who support age limits for presidential candidates, almost nine out of 10 (87%) propose maximum ages of 80 years or lower.