The speaker of the National Assembly in Ivory Coast has resigned in a move that could signal his intention to run for president next year.
The former Prime Minister and rebel leader Guillaume Soro said he would not sacrifice the fragile peace in the country just to hold on to his job.
Next year’s presidential vote is likely to be keenly contested if the incumbent, Alessane Ouattara, keeps his word and stands down.
But there are fears that a contested election could result in a resurgence of the civil war that flared after the 2010 election, when former President, Laurent Gbagbo refused to acknowledge that he had been beaten by Mr Ouattara.
Mr Gbagbo was last month acquitted by the International Criminal Court of committing crimes against humanity in the post-election violence.
Source: Voice of Nigeria