Ivorian opposition leader arrested, others under siege

Pascal Affi N'Guessan
Pascal Affi N'Guessan

By Paul Ejime

IVORIAN opposition leader and former Prime Minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan have been arrested for announcing a parellel government after President Alassane Ouattara’s controversial third term election victory.

According to family and his political party sources, N’Guessan was arrested late Friday by security agents while on his way to his hometown Bongouanou, near the Ivorian border with Ghana.

He and two other opposition leaders have rejected the results of the 31st  October election, which they all boycotted.

Ouattara was declared winner of the poll with 94.27% of the vote. His government has come hard on the opposition leaders  accusing them of terrorism, murder and treason for planning to set up a rival Transition Government.

More than 40 people have been killed in protests against Ouattara’s 3rd term bid from August.

But Ouattara, 78, insists the two terms he has served were under the 2010 constitution, while the new mandate is under the amended 2016 constitution.

A similar argument by former president Laurent Gbagbo, one of the 40 candidates barred from this latest election plunged Cote d’Ivoire into crisis after a disputed 2010 presidential poll and a subsequent civil war that killed more than 3,000 people in that country.

Nov 7, 2020 @ 17:06 GMT

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