Abidjan, 14 August, 2020 / 10:05 pm (ACI Africa).
The members of Sant’Egidio Community in Ivory Coast, an organization that is part of the Rome-based Lay Catholic association dedicated to the provision of social services and arbitrating conflicts, Sant’Egidio Community, have issued a statement on the rising political tensions in the West African nation of Ivory Coast ahead of the presidential election scheduled for October.
In the Thursday, August 13 statement obtained by ACI Africa, the members of Sant’Egidio Community in the Ivory Coast's economic capital, Abidjan, appeal “to everyone's sense of responsibility and solidarity so that everyone becomes a sower of peace.”
“Peace is always possible. It is realized everyday with gestures of love, solidarity and fraternity,” Ivory Coast’s Sant’Egidio Community members say in their statement titled, “Call for Peace.”
Tensions in Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer, are rising along political and ethnic fault lines, ahead of the October 31 presidential elections.
President Alassane Ouattara’s announcement to run for a third term in the upcoming elections has sparked violent protests in the West African nation. He had earlier declared that he would not run, expressing his support for Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly who died on July 8 reportedly of heart attack.