Social justice drives Ivorian moment, but will FPI seize it?

Social justice drives Ivorian moment, but will FPI seize it?

By Karana Olivier, AT Contributing Author On Friday, former President Laurent Gbagbo’s Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) – the country’s main opposition party – and civil society actors organized a march in which thousands of men and women took to the streets in Abidjan to protest the proposal to introduce a new…

Cote d’Ivoire opposition calls for boycott of constitution vote

Opposition leaders in Cote d’Ivoire called Friday for a boycott of the nation’s upcoming constitutional referendum, scheduled for October 30. At a press conference in Abidjan, Pascal Affi Nguessan called on all supporters of his Ivorian Popular Front and its coalition parties to boycott the vote, reinforcing the message opposition…

AU acts on election unrest in Gabon, DRC

The African Union plans to send observers to Gabon, to assist the Consitutional Court with a recount of votes cast in last month’s disputed presidential election. The Peace and Security Council of the AU has asked for observers from other French-speaking nations to assist, the Mail & Guardian reports. The…

ICC: Laurent Gbagbo pleads “not guilty”

Laurent Gbagbo, Cote d’Ivoire’s former president, has pleaded “not guilty” on Thursday at the International Criminal Court (ICC) to four charges of crimes against humanity. Gbagbo and his close ally, Charles Blé Goudé, who was the youth and employment minister during Gbagbo’s administrations and was also the leader of the…

Cote d’Ivoire: hoping to sustain peace during elections

Cote d’Ivoire is gearing up for presidential elections set for tomorrow (October 25). The campaigning part of the election run up formally ended yesterday, with seven candidates running against incumbent President Alassane Dramane Ouattara. Ouattara was elected in 2010 but not without tension and violence. The then-president Laurent Gbagbo refused…