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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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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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Ivory Coast Election: At least five dead as vote counting gets under way

– – At least five people have been killed on Saturday during voting in Ivory Coast’s controversial presidential election. Votes are now being counted in a presidential election which was also boycotted by the opposition. Former president, Henri Konan Bédié, and the former prime minister, Pascal Affi N’Guessan, decided to boycott the election which they claim amounts to electoral coup. Most of the anger related to the election was over President Ouattara’s decision to seek a third term in office. That decision has sparked protests and agitations with his critics…

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Ivorians vote in crucial polls amid opposition boycott

– – Ivorians are voting in a controversial presidential election which has been boycotted by the opposition. Former president, Henri Konan Bédié, and the former prime minister, Pascal Affi N’Guessan, decided to boycott the election weeks ago. They have also asked their supporters to disrupt the electoral process which they claim amounts to electoral coup. Laurent Gbagbo and a former prime minister, Guillaume Soro have all been barred from contesting in the election. In Gbagbo’s first public comments since he was toppled in 2011 he said “What awaits us is…

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Ivory Coast: Ouattara’s two main presidential rivals boycott poll

– – The two main challengers to Ivory Coast’s President Alassana Ouattara in this month’s presidential election have said they are boycotting the poll. Former president, Henri Konan Bédié, and the former prime minister, Pascal Affi N’Guessan, made the declaration on Thursday. They have also asked their supporters to disrupt the electoral process which they claim amounts to electoral coup. Political parties on Thursday started campaigning officially for the presidential election on October 31. A former president, Laurent Gbagbo and a former prime minister, Guillaume Soro have all been barred from…

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Ivory Coast: Ouattara’s third-term bid sparks protests from citizens

– – Thousands of opposition supporters in Ivory Coast on Saturday held a major protest against President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to stand again for office. They gathered in a stadium in the main city, Abidjan, to continue agitations over President Ouattara’s third term bid. Many of them were dressed in the national colours of green and white and carried banners calling the third term bid illegal. Photo: Reuters The country’s main opposition presidential candidate, Henri Konan Bédié had called for a civil disobedience campaign to stop the incumbent Ouattara from…

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African court rules Gbagbo qualifies to seek Ivorian presidency

– – Former President of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo has been declared worthy of seeking the Ivorian presidency. The African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights ruled on Friday rejecting Gbagbo’s exclusion from the presidential elections slated for October 31. The Ivorian electoral commission had said that Mr. Gbagbo was not fit to stand for president due to criminal conviction. Mr. Gbagbo was sentenced in absentia in November 2019 for the “looting” of the Central Bank of West African States. He was convicted of the crime following a disputed 2010…

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