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Ivory Coast Ruling Party Nominates President Ouattara to Seek Another Term

Supporters of opposition leader Alassane Ouattara gesture to passing soldiers, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Dec. 2, 2010.

Ivory Coast's ruling RHDP party nominated President Alassane Ouattara to seek re-election, but he is withholding a decision on seeking a third term.

Earlier this year, the 76-year old Ouattara spoke of turning over the leadership reigns to a new generation.

Ouattara's plans to bow out may have changed when his prime minister and preferred successor Amadou Gon Coulibaly died of cardiac arrest earlier this month.

During a tribute to Coulibaly, the president said he needed time to decide if he would consider seeking re-election.

Ouattara could announce his decision on running again during a planned speech to the nation August 6.

Opposition groups in Ivory Coast oppose Ouattara extending his 10-year reign, citing a third term in office would be unconstitutional.

Voters are expected to choose the country's next president on October 31.