More on Ouattara's Run for Cote d'Ivoire President
I was interested in your article concerning Alassane Ouattara's continuing campaign to gain acceptance as a presidential candidate in Cote d'Ivoire ("IMF deputy challenges ban on seeking office," World, July 20). A few additional points need to be made to round out this story.
First, concerning Mr. Ouattara's "presidential" status in 1993, the constitution of Cote d'Ivoire stipulates that the president of the National Assembly automatically succeeds to the presidency in the event of death of the incumbent; this was the case in 1993. Henri Konan Bedie was president of the National Assembly at the time of President Houphouet-Boigny's death and, therefore, automatically succeeded to the presidency, completing Mr. Houphouet-Boigny's term.
Second, it is important to note that throughout his career, Mr. Ouattara has claimed Upper Volta/ Burkina Faso citizenship. This includes the time he obtained a U.S. government scholarship for graduate study, for which he applied under the Upper Volta quota. He also was a vice governor of the West Central Bank, representing Upper Volta. …