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Ivorians to vote on draft constitution on October 30

Ivory Coast's members of parliament react and applaud following the adoption of the new country constitution asked by Ivorian PresidentA draft constitution in Ivory Coast, which changes contentious rules on presidential eligibility and establishes a senate, will be put to a referendum on October 30, the government announced Wednesday. Official campaigns for and against the new basic law — which President Alassane Ouattara has said will put an end to years of instability and conflict in the world’s top cocoa producer — will run from October 22 to 29. Current rules, which require both parents of presidential candidates to have been born in Ivory Coast, are widely seen as a trigger of the violent unrest that broke out five years ago.

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