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Canada Presidential in Côte d'Ivoire. About ten relatives of the former Prime Minister Soro released

05:05  24 september  2020
05:05  24 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Cote d ' Ivoire 2019. Authorities restricted the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly as political tensions rose ahead of the 2020 presidential Political tensions were rising ahead of the 2020 presidential election, including among former allies incumbent President Alassane Ouattara

Alassane Ouattara, who was Prime Minister from 1990 to 1993, was designated as the presidential candidate of the Rally of the Republicans (RDR) at Describing himself as an "arbiter of the electoral process", Soro said in a March 2008 interview with Jeune Afrique that the New Forces would not back

Une vingtaine de proches de M. Soro, dont cinq députés, avaient été arrêtés en Côte d'Ivoire fin décembre 2019 après le retour avorté de M. Soro à Abidjan. © AFP / ISSOUF SANOGO About twenty relatives of Mr. Soro, including five deputies, were arrested in Côte d'Ivoire at the end of December 2019 after the abortive return of Mr. Soro in Abidjan.

A dozen relatives of the former rebel leader and ex-Prime Minister Guillaume Soro, presidential candidate on October 31 in Côte d'Ivoire, were released on Wednesday. It is, however, conditional release.

A dozen relatives of the former rebel leader and ex-prime minister, presidential candidate on October 31 in Côte d'Ivoire , were released on Wednesday, AFP learned from their relatives.

"Finally we are free and it is only temporary freedom" , wrote the deputy Loukimane Camara in an SMS to his wife, who transferred him to the AFP. Mr. Soro’s entourage, relying on a document signed by the senior investigating judge which mentions several other releases, mentions "ten releases" in total.

Côte d'Ivoire: another candidate calls for civil disobedience

 Côte d'Ivoire: another candidate calls for civil disobedience © SIA KAMBOU Pascal Affi N'Guessan in Abidjan on August 27, 2020 Former Prime Minister Pascal Affi N'Guessan, 67, presidential candidate of October 31 affirmed to subscribe to the call for civil disobedience launched Sunday by another candidate, the former president Henri Konan Bédié. Surrounded by several members of the opposition, Mr.

On Saturday, Côte d ' Ivoire 's President Alassane Ouattara was officially chosen as the candidate to Ouattara began with a minute of silence in honour of his colleague and former prime minister Rivals Gbagbo and Soro struck off the list. Violent and sometimes deadly protests have spread across the

supporters of the former President Laurent Gbagbo since taking control of the commercial capital in mid-April, 2011 The soldier said Chérif Ousmane, the close ally of Prime Minister Guillaume Soro and longtime young men who had been detained by the Republican Forces and then released , and

This is about parole; those released cannot come into contact with each other and must not engage in “cyber activism” nor participate in “meetings” .

About twenty relatives of Mr. Soro, including five deputies, were arrested in Côte d'Ivoire at the end of December 2019 after the abortive return of Mr. Soro to Abidjan.

Prosecutions deemed “very suspicious” by Amnesty

Most are accused of “attempted insurrection” .

Amnesty International then considered “very suspicious” the prosecution of Mr. Soro and his supporters, “the charges appearing to be politically motivated” .

The Constitutional Council rejected on September 14 the candidacy of Mr. Soro for the presidential election (as well as 39 others of the 44 candidatures including that of the former president Laurent Gbagbo) but validated that of the outgoing president Alassane Ouattara for a controversial third term .

Presidential in Côte d'Ivoire: Bédié calls for "civil disobedience"

 Presidential in Côte d'Ivoire: Bédié calls for © Issouf SANOGO Ivory Coast's former president and PDCI candidate for the October 31, presidential election Henri Konan Bedie gestures during the main opposition parties meeting in Abidjan on September 20, 2020 Tensions over Ivory Coast's presidential race stepped up a gear September 20, 2020, when Bedie called for "civil disobedience" in response to President Alassane Ouattara's bid for a third term.

The Patriotic Movement of Côte d ' Ivoire (Mouvement patriotique de Côte d ' Ivoire , MPCI) was the major The MPCI leaders cite the concept of "ivoirité", which former president H.K Bédié helped same day according to which Soro would become prime minister , and Gbagbo was expected to

Côte d ’ Ivoire , was not party to the Rome Statute at the time, had accepted the jurisdiction of the ICC on 18 April 2003; and on both 14 December 2010 and 3 May 2011, the Presidency of Côte d ' Ivoire reconfirmed the country’s acceptance of this jurisdiction.

The opposition called for civil disobedience on Sunday, accusing the Constitutional Council and the Independent Electoral Commission of being "subservient" to power.

“Appeasement measures”

A senior official of the ruling party recently told AFP that there would be “appeasement measures in the coming days” as tension mounts in the country. These unexpected releases without public announcement by the authorities could be part of these “measures” .

Long ally of President Ouattara, whom he helped bring to power during the post-electoral crisis of 2010-2011, Mr. Soro, who was his first Prime Minister, then the President of the National Assembly, then quarreled with him, until the break in early 2019.

If he could compete, Mr. Soro, currently in France, would be considered a serious challenger for the presidential election by political analysts.

The fear of deadly violence is strong in this West African country, ten years after the post-electoral crisis born of the 2010 presidential election which left 3,000 dead after Laurent Gbagbo refused to acknowledge his electoral defeat in the face of to Alassane Ouattara.

About fifteen dead in August

Violence, in the wake of the announcement of President Ouattara's candidacy, left about fifteen dead in August.

Elected in 2010, re-elected in 2015, Mr. Ouattara, 78, announced in March that he was giving up running for a third term, before changing his mind in August, after the death of his designated dolphin, the Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly.

The Constitution limits the number of presidential terms to two, but the Constitutional Council estimated that the entry into force of a new Constitution in 2016 had reset the counters to zero, which the opposition fiercely contests.

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