Yamoussoukro — Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said on Thursday that he would not stand for re-election in October, ending speculation about his political future ahead of a vote seen as a crucial test of stability.

Ouattara had previously said he would run if two of his longtime political rivals were candidates, defying opponents who say the constitution does not give him the right to seek a third term. But he declared in a speech before legislators that he would step down after 10 years in office...

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