Three killed in Ivory Coast protests against president’s third term bid

Policemen are seen as a demonstrator reacts during a protest against president Alassane Ouattara’s decision to stand for a third term, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, August 13, 2020. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

At least three people died during protests in Ivory Coast on Thursday, police said, as small groups burned makeshift roadblocks in protests against President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to stand for a third term.

The West African nation has seen a number of scattered protests since Ouattara announced last week he would run in the Oct. 31 election, with the opposition accusing him of violating term limits.

Protesters in the southeastern town of Bonoua set fire to a police station after a young man died during a protest there on Thursday, police spokesman Bleu Charlemagne said in a statement on the state TV channel RTI.

He did not explain how the others died.

Police arrested 58 people across the country, Charlemagne said.

Ivory Coast law limits presidential terms to two, but Ouattara says a new constitution adopted in 2016 acted as a reset button, allowing him to run again.