Ivory Coast: violence mounts ahead of election

ivory coast

Ivory Coast has seen a wave of communal violence¬†ahead of the Oct. 31 presidential elections, amid a civil disobedience campaign called by the opposition. In the coastal town of¬†Dabou, some 50¬†kilometers west of the¬†economic capital Abidjan, several have been killed and scores arrested over the past week. In the inland town of¬†Bongouanou, the home of opposition candidate¬†Pascal Affi N’Guessan was burned down during street clashes. In nearby¬†Kotobi, the¬†the gendarmerie headquarters was ransacked. The violence has taken on an ethnic cast, with members of the local Agni ethnic group in the country’s east-central and coastal zones pitted against¬†Dioula people from northern Ivory Coast, who back current President Alassane Ouattara. The opposition rejects¬†Ouattara’s quest for a third term as unconstitutional. (Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, BBC News, AP,¬†The Africa Report, The Africa Report)

Photo: CIA

  1. Ivory Coast divided in wake of elections

    Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has provisionally won a third term in office with 94% of the vote, the electoral commission announced, after a bitter election which sparked deadly violence and which the opposition boycotted.¬†The opposition candidates who finally opted to call a¬†boycott of¬†the vote‚ÄĒex-president Henri Konan Bedie and ex-prime minister Pascal Affi N‚ÄôGuessan‚ÄĒhave said they will not recognize Ouattara’s victory.¬†The Ivorian constitution limits presidents to two terms, but Ouattara says the approval of a new constitution in 2016 allowed him to restart his mandate. (Al Jazeera)