ICC judges uphold acquittal of former Ivory Coast president
I thank all the people of Ivory Coast and Africa for their support,” he said. It was not clear what his next step will be or when he might seek to return to Ivory Coast. He wants to return after seven years.”More than 3,000 people were killed after Gbagbo refused to accept defeat by his rival, current Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara. AdGbagbo still has strong support in Ivory Coast and his followers say they have been left out the country’s reconciliation process in the years since his ouster. ___Associated Press writer Toussaint N'Gotta in Abidjan, Ivory Coast contributed.
Ivory Coast's prime minister dies of cancer in Germany
Ivorian Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko is photographed at a cabinet meeting in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Sept. 5, 2019. Bakayoko, 56, died Wednesday March 10, 2021 of cancer in Germany, marking the second time within a year that the country's premier has died in office due to illness. ABIDJAN – Ivorian Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko died Wednesday of cancer in Germany, the presidency announced, marking the second time within a year that the country's premier has died in office due to illness. Bakayoko, 56, had been brought to Paris for medical treatment nearly a month ago, and had recently been moved to Germany. “The prime minister served Ivory Coast with dedication and selflessness," Ouattara said.
Ivory Coast President Ouattara inaugurated for third term
ABIDJAN – Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara was inaugurated Monday for a third term in office amid ongoing outcries from opposition parties. More than 300 people attended the swearing in ceremony at the Presidential Palace, including about 10 African heads of state, as the re-elected Ouattara called for national dialogue. “I renew my ambition to rebuild a more united Ivory Coast for a better future,” he said. On Sunday, the exiled opponent and former president of the National Assembly, Guillaume Soro, called on Ivorians to stand up against Ouattara, saying he risks sinking Ivory Coast into permanent disorder and instability. Ouattara maintains that the country’s two-term limit for presidents does not apply to him because of a constitutional referendum passed in 2016.
Ivory Coast's Soro calls on military to disobey president
(AP Photo/Leo Correa)ABIDJAN – Prominent dissident Guillaume Soro, a former prime minister who was blocked from running in Ivory Coast's presidential election, called Wednesday on the country's military to disobey President Alassane Ouattara after he was allowed to win a controversial third term. To the defense and security forces, I ask you to look in the mirror, in soul and conscience, and act to stop the killings. "Alassane Ouattara is no longer the President of the Republic of Ivory Coast. There have been widespread fears of post-election violence erupting in Ivory Coast, where more than 3,000 people were killed following a disputed vote a decade ago. “We must stand up and block the former president, Alassane Ouattara, who has taken the country hostage,” Soro said.
Ivory Coast's Ouattara wins 3rd term, amid rising tensions
Ivory Coast's electoral commission said Tuesday that President Alassane Ouattara had overwhelmingly won a third term in office after his two main opponents boycotted the election and called his candidacy illegal. On Monday, they discounted Ouattara's victory, saying his mandate to lead Ivory Coast had expired. There have been widespread fears of post-election violence erupting in Ivory Coast, where more than 3,000 people were killed following a disputed vote a decade ago. “Ivory Coast must definitively turn the page on these electoral crises.”Ouattara has been in power for nearly a decade. Ouattara was the internationally recognized winner of a disputed 2010 election in which then-President Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede defeat.
Ivory Coast opposition vows to form transition government
By evening, the country's electoral commission had released provisional results from fewer than half of the country's 108 departments. It wasn't immediately clear when a final tally would be announced, but the opposition continued to attack the legitimacy of the vote itself. Pascal Affi N’Guessan, one of the top opposition candidates who later boycotted the vote, said late Monday that Henri Konan Bedie, the country's 86-year-old former president, would head up a council of transition. Only one of the three opposition candidates actively campaigned against Ouattara after the two others called for a boycott. The observer mission also said Monday that the exclusion of most candidates had compromised the integrity of Ivory Coast's election.
Ivorians brace for unrest, await results of tense election
A woman sells her goods at a local market in Abobo neighborhood, suburbs of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)ABIDJAN – Ivory Coast residents braced for more unrest Sunday as election officials began releasing the first results from the country's presidential election and opponents of President Alassane Ouattara stepped up their criticism of his quest for a third term. Soro, a former prime minister and president of Ivory Coast's National Assembly, was disqualified earlier this year from running in Saturday's election. Soro's comments about his former mentor came as some Ivorians feared a possible return to the electoral violence that had engulfed the country nearly a decade ago. “Let them stop because Ivory Coast needs peace.”___Associated Press writer Toussaint N'Gotta contributed.
Ivory Coast votes for president amid opposition boycott
ABIDJAN – Tens of thousands of security forces deployed across Ivory Coast on Saturday as the leading opposition parties boycotted the election, calling President Alassane Ouattara’s bid for a third term illegal. In the Abobo neighborhood of Abidjan, voters lined up to cast ballots peacefully despite opposition threats to block polling stations from opening. “All Ivorians who want peace should vote today,” said Mamery Doumbia, standing outside the Abobo Sagbe voting center. The top two opposition candidates, Pascal Affi N’Guessan and Henri Konan Bedie, have pulled out of the race in a boycott. The president maintains the two-term limit does not apply to him because a new constitution was approved in a 2016 referendum.
Ivory Coast tensions rise as president seeks 3rd term
“Don’t accept being prevented from voting, you are going to protect the polling stations,” he told them. “Ivory Coast wants peace, we don’t accept disorder," Ouattara said. There will be no elections on Oct. 31 in Ivory Coast," N’Guessan said in an interview this week with France 24 and Radio France Internationale. “Ivory Coast is not in crisis. Ivory Coast is at peace.
At UN, Africa urges fiscal help against virus 'apocalypse'
In a separate briefing Thursday, a World Health Organization official said just 51% of health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa have basic water services. Health experts say Africa has fared far better than the dire predictions early in the pandemic. Experts say possible factors include Africa’s relative youth, the later arrival of the virus and swift lockdown measures. The council reflects a world order of decades ago that few people in Africa recognize, some said. “Unfortunately," he said, “less than two months later, a fifth horseman of the apocalypse — very destructive, the coronavirus — has appeared.”
The Latest: Burundi touts calm but groups say threats remain
In this UNTV image, Evariste Ndayishimiye, President of Burundi, speaks in a pre-recorded video message during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, at UN headquarters in New York. ___4:55 p.m.China, the United States and Russia have traded allegations at the United Nations about who mishandled and politicized the coronavirus pandemic. It was one of the few real-time exchanges among top officials at the virtual U.N. General Assembly gathering. Sarraj delivered his prerecorded remarks to the world body’s first-ever virtual General Assembly from Tripoli, where his U.N.-backed government is based. The council met Thursday on the sidelines of the General Assembly’s virtual gathering of world leaders.
A look at how Mali's coup may affect neighboring countries
A number of elections are set to be held later this year involving incumbents, including in Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Niger. The two countries are both part of the G5 Sahel regional force along with Chad, Niger and Burkina Faso which is trying to battle extremists across the Sahel. Burkina Faso was long spared the kind of extremist violence seen across the border, but that has changed. Coupcast, a project of One Earth Future using historical data to predict the likelihood of a coup attempt, put Burkina Faso in the top 10 African countries likely to see a coup in last year's report. Coupcast also put Niger in the top 10 African countries likely to see a coup in their 2019 report.