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 had discounted Outtara's victory, saying the elections were not fair and that his mandate to lead Ivory Coast had now expired. There have been widespread fears that post-election violence could erupt in Ivory Coast, where more than 3,000 people were killed a decade ago following a disputed vote. Ouattara had been expected to easily win the election after the leading opposition figures called on their supporters to stay home. The opposition first tried to get Ouattara disqualified from seeking a third term but that legal effort failed.
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 opposition asserts 12 dead in election violence
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara casts his vote as his wife Dominique Ouattara, left, looks on at a polling station during presidential elections in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. Tens of thousands of security forces are deployed across Ivory Coast on Saturday as the leading opposition parties boycotted the election, calling President Ouattara's bid for a third term illegal. "Let them stop, let them stop because Ivory Coast needs peace.”While election observers outnumbered voters at some polling stations, crowds gathered early in the Abobo neighborhood, a Ouattara stronghold. Guillaume Soro, a former prime minister and president of the National Assembly, remains in France after his return to Ivory Coast was thwarted by criminal charges his followers say were politically motivated. In an interview this week with French media, Ouattara insisted that he was motivated to run again by love of country.
Ivory Coast tensions rise as president seeks 3rd term
Youth play soccer next to a barricade that was set on a street after protests, earlier this year, against the decision of President Alassane Ouattara's to run for a third term in Bonoua, in the outskirts of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020. “The violence seen in Ivory Coast during the first pre-election crisis of 2010 must not be repeated.”The 2010 presidential election brought months of violence after then-President Laurent Gbagbo refused to concede defeat to Ouattara. “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. Guillaume Soro, a former prime minister and president of the National Assembly, remains in France after his return to Ivory Coast was thwarted by criminal charges his followers say were politically motivated.
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: UN panel says corruption hits the poor hardest
“Corruption and tax avoidance are rampant,” said former Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaitė, a panel co-chair. “Our weakness in tackling corruption and financial crime has been further exposed by ... COVID-19,” said former Niger prime minister Ibrahim Mayaki, a panel co-chair. “Resources to stop the spread, keep people alive and put food on tables are instead lost to corruption and abuse. ___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. 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.
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.