Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara grants presidential pardon to predecessor Laurent Gbagbo

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara on Saturday said he had offered a presidential pardon to longtime rival Laurent Gbagbo, as part of a reconciliation drive with his predecessors ahead of elections in 2025. Gbagbo, president from 2000-2011, returned to Ivory Coast last year after being acquitted in 2019 by the Hague on war crimes charges… Read More Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara grants presidential pardon to predecessor Laurent Gbagbo

West African bloc ECOWAS lifts economic, financial sanctions imposed on Mali and Burkina Faso

Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Sunday lifted economic and financial sanctions imposed on Mali, after its military rulers proposed a 24-month transition to democracy and published a new electoral law. The bloc imposed stiff sanctions on Mali in January after the junta said it would not organise democratic elections… Read More West African bloc ECOWAS lifts economic, financial sanctions imposed on Mali and Burkina Faso

Guinea military junta shrugs off ECOWAS sanctions, refuses to let former President Alpha Conda leave country

Guinea’s military junta said on Friday it would not bow to regional pressure and allow President Alpha Conde, detained since his overthrow on September 5, to leave the country. On Friday Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Ouattara and Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo paid a one-day visit to Conakry to ask coup leader Mamady Doumbouya, a special… Read More Guinea military junta shrugs off ECOWAS sanctions, refuses to let former President Alpha Conda leave country

Ivory Coast court sentences former PM Guillaume Soro to life imprisonment for coup plot

An Ivory Coast court on Wednesday sentenced former prime minister and rebel leader Guillaume Soro in absentia to life in prison on charges of plotting a coup against his former ally President Alassane Ouattara. Soro, who is in exile in Europe, was charged with conspiracy and an attempted attack on state authority. He has repeatedly… Read More Ivory Coast court sentences former PM Guillaume Soro to life imprisonment for coup plot

Ivory Coast Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko dies at 56

Ivory Coast Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko, who was seen as a possible successor to President Alassane Ouattara, has died in Freiburg in southwestern Germany, two days after his 56th birthday, the government said on Wednesday. A former media executive who turned to politics, Bakayoko acted as a negotiator and intermediary between warring factions during a… Read More Ivory Coast Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko dies at 56

Ivory Coast opposition leader Pascal Affi N’Guessan released following nearly two months in custody

Ivory Coast opposition leader Pascal Affi N’Guessan was released on Wednesday after nearly two months in custody for creating a breakaway government after a disputed presidential election marred by violence. His release is seen as a key step in repairing relations between the opposition and President Alassane Ouattara’s ruling party after an October 31 election… Read More Ivory Coast opposition leader Pascal Affi N’Guessan released following nearly two months in custody

Ivory Coast opposition leader Pascal Affi N’Guessan arrested for creating rival government

Ivory Coast opposition leader and former prime minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan was under arrest on Saturday for creating a rival government after President Alassane Ouattara’s election victory, his wife and a spokeswoman said. Ivorian prosecutors are pursuing terrorism charges against more than a dozen opposition leaders who boycotted the October 31 vote in which Ouattara… Read More Ivory Coast opposition leader Pascal Affi N’Guessan arrested for creating rival government

Ivory Coast police surround houses of political opposition leaders

Police in Ivory Coast surrounded the houses of two of President Alassane Ouattara’s main rivals on Tuesday after the government accused them of sedition for creating a parallel administration in defiance of Ouattara’s landslide win in Saturday’s election. It was not immediately clear if anyone had been arrested. But the moves deepened a bitter standoff… Read More Ivory Coast police surround houses of political opposition leaders