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Ivorian parliament adopts amended constitution

APA-Yamoussoukro (Cote d’Ivoire)

Ivorian legislators and senators in the administrative capital Yamoussoukro on Tuesday adopted the draft law amending the constitution with 246 votes in favour, 2 votes against, APA learned from official sources.

Opposition MPs did not take part in the vote.

On March 9, Ivorian MPs and senators had adopted the admissibility of the draft constitutional amendment with 255 votes in favour, 83 against and 4 abstentions.

Earlier, on March 6, the Ivorian government adopted the revised draft law during a cabinet meeting, following the announcement by President Alassane Ouattara that he would not seek a third term.

The draft amendment to the constitution, which comes seven months before the presidential election, covers issues affecting the executive, legislative and judicial branches. 

Opposition parliamentarians, for their part, rejected the amendment to the country's fundamental law, denouncing it as “tinkering” with the constitution in favour of the government.

 The two houses of the Ivorian parliament have 354 seats with 255 for the National Assembly (Lower House) and 99 for the Senate (Upper House).




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