Men hold placards reading "Referendum October 30, 2016 - I vote yes" as they cheer during a rally organised by Ivory Coast's president Alassane Ouattara at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium, in Abidjan, on October 22, 2016. / AFP / ISSOUF SANOGO
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Ivory Coast heads to the polls Sunday for a referendum on a new constitution their president insists will heal a nation beset by violent turmoil, but which the opposition says is dangerously anti-democratic.Given that President Alassane Ouattara's political foes have called for a boycott, the draft basic law is almost certain to garner a majority "yes" vote.By Ouattara's telling, the new constitution would do away with the nationalistic concept of "Ivoiriete", which roughly translates as "Ivorian-ness".The proposed new constitution also calls for the creation of the post of vice president, who would appear on the ballot with presidential candidates.If the draft passes into law, Ouattara would immediately appoint a vice president, a measure that has sparked speculation he is trying to line up a successor for when his term ends in 2020 .This presidential prerogative is one of the opposition's several gripes about the new chamber.
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