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Ivorian political rivals Ouattara and Gbagbo to meet

– Advertisement – The President of Ivory Coast Alassane Ouattara is to hold a face to face meeting with his rival and predecessor Laurent Gbagbo on July 27, 2021. A presidential spokesperson who made the announcement on Wednesday said this will be the first for the two since Gbagbo’s return to Abidjan last month. Laurent Gbagbo had spent a decade in exile, facing years of legal procedures at the International Criminal Court for a brief civil war that took place in 2010. The ex-president and his right-hand man Charles Ble…

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Laurent Gbagbo back home in Ivory Coast after 10 years

– – Former President of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo has returned to his home country after ten years. He has been away, facing trial for crimes against humanity on the back of the brief civil war that took place in 2010 in Ivory Coast. The ex-president and his right-hand man Charles Ble Goude were acquitted of crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Judges dismissed an appeal by prosecutors over the 2019 decision to clear him and Ble Goude over the post-electoral violence. More than 3,000 people were…

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Ivory Coast: Ouattara says ex-leader Gbagbo can return home

– – Ivorian president Alassane Ouattara has said that his predecessor, the ex-president Laurent Gbagbo can return home. Ouattara said Gbagbo’s his right-hand man Charles Ble Goude can also return home after the duo were definitively acquitted of crimes against humanity. Last week, the International Criminal Court (ICC) upheld the acquittal of Laurent Gbagbo on crimes against humanity charges. Judges dismissed an appeal by prosecutors over the 2019 decision to clear him and his Charles Ble Goude over a wave of post-electoral violence. More than 3,000 people were killed in…

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ICC upholds acquittal of ex-Ivorian president Gbagbo

Gbagbo’s trial started in January 2016, but three years later judges said they had found that prosecutors had “failed to satisfy the burden of proof to the requisite standard.” It was one of the ICC’s biggest failures since it was set up in 2002 as the world’s only permanent war crimes court. Prosecutors then appealed, focusing on what they said was a procedural error when judges in 2019 initially handed down the decision orally, and did not issue a full written judgement until months later. But the ICC dismissed the…

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Ivorian Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko dies of cancer

– – Ivory Coast’s prime minister, Hamed Bakayoko has died in Germany at the age of 56, according to the government. President Alassane Ouattara said in a statement on twitter that “I have the immense sorrow to announce the death of the Prime Minister, Hamed Bakayoko, Head of Government, Minister of Defense, this Wednesday March 10, 2021, in Germany, as a result of cancer.” He continued that that the late prime minister “was a great statesman, a model for our youth, a personality of great generosity and exemplary loyalty.” The…

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Covid-19: Ivory Coast, Ghana begin roll out of Covax vaccines

– – Ivory Coast and Ghana have started rolling out their secured Covid-19 vaccine under the UN-backed Covax programme. The Covax program is the global vaccine-sharing initiative helping poorer countries control the pandemic. On Monday healthcare workers in the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan started receiving the Covid vaccination. They would be followed by teachers and members of the security forces, according to the government. The country last month secured over half a million doses of the AstraZeneca Oxford vaccine. – – Ivorian Health Minister Eugene Aka Aouélé told reporters that…

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Covid-19: Ivory Coast becomes second country to get Covax vaccines

– – Ivory Coast has become the second country after Ghana to receive coronavirus vaccines under the global vaccine-sharing programme Covax. The West African nation received 504,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday, delivered from a plant in India. Authorities in Ivory Coast say they intend vaccinating health workers, teachers and members of the security forces from March. “Let us celebrate this as a moment of global solidarity in the struggle against the pandemic”?CEPI CEO, Richard Hatchett speaking on this week’s COVAX deliveries ✈️Doses of the @AstraZeneca / @UniofOxford…

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Ivorian political leaders make peace after electoral violence

– – Ivorian President, Alassane Ouattara, and his main rival, Henri Konan Bédié have smoked the peace pipe following weeks of post elections violence. The two men have announced plans for further engagement after meeting in the commercial capital Abidjan. The government says 85 people have been killed in violence connected with the election in which Mr Ouattara won a controversial third term. A number of opposition leaders have been arrested after they rejected the results of the October 31 presidential elections and set up a rival administration. Following the meeting described…

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Ivory Coast: 12 dead in fresh clashes over disputed polls

– – At least 12 people are reported dead in clashes between the police and police officers in Ivory Coast over the recently conducted disputed elections. The three were killed in the central-eastern town of M’Batto between Monday and Tuesday when violence erupted over Alassane Ouattara’s third term bid. Nine people also died in violence in two other towns on Monday as the country’s top court validated Ouattara’s election victory. A police spokesperson said calm has been restored in some areas with the deployment of more police officers to patrol.…

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Ivory Coast: Thousands flee after controversial election

– – Over 3,600 people have fled Ivory Coast into Liberia as they feared post-election violence, according to the UN’s refugee agency (UNHCR). The UNHCR said numbers had surged after the 31 October presidential poll which was won by the incumbent President Alassane Ouattara. President Ouattara according to final election results won a controversial third term with more than 94% of the vote. The constitutional court has also confirmed his election victory despite the opposition claiming widespread fraud and irregularities. The opposition also boycotted the election and called for civil…

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