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Ivory Coast: municipal and regional elections on September 2

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Regional and municipal elections in Côte d’Ivoire, a warm-up for the federal government and the opposition for the 2025 presidential election, might be held on September 2, authorities spokesman Amadou Coulibaly introduced on Wednesday.

The date was set by decree on a proposal from the Unbiased Electoral Fee (CEI), he stated.

Eleven members of the federal government might be candidates for the regional elections, based on an inventory printed by the Rally of Houphouëtists for Democracy and Peace (RHDP), the ruling occasion.

Prime Minister Patrick Achi might be a candidate for his personal succession to the presidency of the Mé regional council (south-east), the area from which he originates.

Different candidate ministers embrace Téné Birahima Ouattara (Defence), Kobenan Kouassi Adjoumani (Agriculture), Anne Ouloto (Public Service), Bruno Koné (Development), Mamadou Touré (Youth), and Pierre Dimba (Well being).

The President of the Senate, **Jeannot Ahoussou Kouadio,** and the previous opponent Mabri Toikeusse, again within the ranks of the RHDP, are additionally presenting themselves.

The regional elections should make it attainable to resume the 31 regional councils of Côte d’Ivoire. 5 years in the past, the RHDP gained 18 in opposition to 6 for the Democratic Celebration of Côte d’Ivoire (PDCI), the primary opposition occasion.

These elections will make it attainable to take inventory of the political forces in Côte d’Ivoire earlier than the 2025 presidential election. This would be the first poll for the African Peoples’ Celebration – Côte d’Ivoire (PPA-CI), created by former President Laurent Gbagbo shortly after his return to Abidjan in June 2021.