Ivory Coast ruling party warns opposition of post-election unrest

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara’s ruling party on Sunday warned opposition leaders against attempts to call for a transition of power after they boycotted a weekend election in protest over his bid for a third term.The West African country’s electoral commission released preliminary results from Saturday’s ballot showing Ouattara with a dominant lead, which had[...]

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UN calls for peaceful polls in Ivory Coast

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has called for peace in Saturday’s presidential election in Ivory Coast amid reports of deadly pre-election protests in the country.Guterres made this known in a statement signed by his spokesman, Mr Stephane Dujarric, in New York on Friday.“On the eve of the presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire, the Secretary-General calls on[...]

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Ivory Coast’s Ouattara says he will allow ex-president, Gbagbo, to return

Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara said he is in favour of allowing his predecessor Laurent Gbagbo, currently on trial in The Hague, to return after a presidential election next week.“Laurent Gbagbo will return, there’s no problem,” Ouattara, who is standing for a controversial third term as president in the vote on October 31, told French[...]

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FIFA intervenes in Ivorian election squabble

FIFA has ordered the cancellation of a general assembly of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) which had been called to vote on replacing the commission handling a presidential election, AFP learned on Sunday.The vote has turned into a soap opera marred by incessant infighting, attracting international attention because FIF had appeared to be trying to[...]

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Two killed in Ivory Coast election violence

At least two people were killed in ethnic clashes in Ivory Coast following President Alassane Ouattara’s controversial announcement he would run for a third term, a hospital source, and local residents said Sunday.Young opposition supporters on Saturday took to the streets to voice loud and violent protest in several major cities, especially the southern cocoa-growing[...]

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Ivory Coast President Ouattara nominated for third term

Mr. Ouattara on Wednesday asked for more time to consider the nomination, indicating he would announce his decision in a speech to the nation on 6 August. “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[...]

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Buhari mourns Ivorian prime minister, Coulibaly

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday, expressed grief over the death of Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly of Cote d’Ivoire and a candidate for October’s presidential election.The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this in a statement titled “President Buhari mourns Coulibaly, Ivorian Prime Minister”.Shehu[...]

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ICC allows ex-Ivorian president Laurent Gbagbo to leave Belgium

The International Criminal Court on Thursday said former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo can leave Belgium under certain conditions following his acquittal last year over post-electoral violence that killed 3,000 people. Gbagbo and his deputy Charles Ble Goude were both cleared of crimes against humanity a year ago, eight years after the former West African[...]

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Drogba joins effort to distribute aid to poor in Ivory Coast

Former Ivorian striker Didier Drogba and one of the country’s biggest music groups Magic System distributed aid on Friday to 200 families in a poor area of Abidjan as part of the effort to fight the coronavirus crisis.Drogba joined Salif Traore, known as A’Salfo, the Magic System frontman, for the second phase of the “caravan[...]

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Ivorian lawmaker, Alain Lobognan jailed for ‘fake news’ tweet’

Alain Lobognan. an Ivorian lawmaker and ex-sports minister has been sentenced to one year in jail and fined $520 (£400) for spreading fake news that incited violence.     Alain had tweeted on January 9th that the state prosecutor had ordered the arrest of a fellow MP.  But the prosecutor said this was not the case[...]

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ICC prosecutors to appeal Gbagbo’s acquittal

Prosecutors will appeal the International Criminal Court’s shock acquittal of former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo over post-election violence, according to a court document seen by AFP on Wednesday. ICC judges cleared Gbagbo and his right-hand man Charles Ble Goude of charges of crimes against humanity on Tuesday. They also ordered their release, but postponed it pending[...]

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