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 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

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara wins re-election with landslide victory

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara has provisionally won a third term in office with 94.27% of the vote, the electoral commission announced early on Tuesday, after a bitter election that sparked deadly violence and was boycotted by opposition voters. “Thus elected president of the republic, Alassane Ouattara,” Kuibiert-Coulibaly Ibrahime, the head of the electoral commission… Read More Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara wins re-election with landslide victory

Police fire tear gas at protests against Ivory Coast president’s third term bid

Police in Ivory Coast fired tear gas on Monday to break up demonstrations against President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to run for a third term in office that opponents say jeopardises the West Afrian country’s democracy. Protesters set up barricades and shut down down traffic in several towns including the commercial capital Abidjan, where a burning… Read More Police fire tear gas at protests against Ivory Coast president’s third term bid

Protesters torch bus as election tensions heighten in Ivory Coast

Protesters in Ivory Coast set fire to a bus in Abidjan on Friday after deadly protests earlier in the week against the president’s decision to seek a third term, and organisers elsewhere vowed further action against his bid to stand again. At least five people have been killed during demonstrations in recent days, with tensions… Read More Protesters torch bus as election tensions heighten in Ivory Coast

One dead, several arrested following protests against Ivory Coast president’s third term bid

At least one protester was killed in Ivory Coast on Thursday, a ruling party official and security sources said, as small groups burned makeshift road blocks in protests against President Alassane Ouattara’s decision to stand for a third term. The West African nation has seen a number of scattered protests since Ouattara announced last week… Read More One dead, several arrested following protests against Ivory Coast president’s third term bid