Ivory Coast’s ruling party RHDP has officially nominated President Alassane Ouattara to seek re-election for a third term.
The 76-year-old Ouattara had earlier spoke of paving way for a new generation to lead.
The presidential race was upset earlier this month by the death of Ouattara’s prime minister and preferred successor, Amadou Gon Coulibaly, prompting the ruling party to ask Ouattara to reconsider a decision not to run again.
Ouattara has asked for more time to consider the nomination, indicating he would announce his decision in a speech to the nation on August 6.
“I have heard messages from the various party structures, elected officials and RHDP bodies as well as those from institutional presidents and ministers who have also contacted me directly. I take note of the resolutions of the political council and of your request.
“I ask you to continue to have a thought for Amadou [deceased prime minister] and to give me time for meditation and recovery before giving you an answer very soon,” he said in a statement.
The opposition has been against the president’s push for a third term.
Ivory Coast is due to hold elections on 31 October and the electoral commission has promised a fair election.