US News Presidential in Côte d'Ivoire: inhabitants of Abidjan leave the city "not to relive 2010"

17:10  30 october  2020
17:10  30 october  2020 Source:   france24.com

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"I do not want to relive what 'we lived in 2010 ": Véronique Yao, trader in Abidjan, decided to flee the Ivorian capital with her young son, fearing deadly violence during the presidential election on Saturday.

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Like other residents of the capital, she packed her suitcase and took a bus to her hometown, three hours away, remembering the 2010-2011 crisis which left 3,000 dead.

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President Alassane Ouattara's decision to stand for a controversial third term has led to violence between supporters of rival camps, already killing around 30 people, especially in the south-east of the country.

"If all goes well, we will come back. It all depends on what will happen," said this shopkeeper to AFP before getting on a bus for Tiebissou (center).

Since last week, the number of passengers has increased at the Adjamé bus station (popular commune of the economic capital). Thursday, dozens of passengers, loaded with suitcases, bags and backpacks rushed into buses bound for the province.

"I'm traveling today in relation to what happened the last time (the 2010-2011 crisis, editor's note). It's the same threat. I'm very worried. It's better to be safe. family, ”says Sandrine Dia Amoin, leaving for Yamoussoukro.

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The unrest began in August, when President Ouattara announced his candidacy. The Ivorian Constitution only authorizes two presidential terms, but, according to Mr. Ouattara, the adoption of a new Constitution in 2016 has reset the counter to zero. This is fiercely contested by the opposition which called for "civil disobedience".

The opposition, embodied by ex-president Henri Konan Bédié, 86, and a former prime minister, Pascal Affi N'Guessan, 67, has not campaigned. The two men did not, however, formally withdraw from the poll.

- "not stay in Abidjan" -

The predecessor of Mr. Ouattara, Laurent Gbagbo, who had not spoken publicly since his arrest in 2011 at the end of the post-electoral crisis, left his reserve Thursday , making remarks hardly likely to reassure Ivorians.

"What awaits us is disaster. That's why I'm speaking. So that people know that I do not agree to go hand in hand with the disaster. We must discuss", Mr. Gbagbo declared on TV5 Monde, from Belgium where he is awaiting a possible appeal trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC), after his acquittal at first instance of crimes against humanity.

Social networks, widely consulted by Ivorians, do not help calm minds before the presidential election, quite the contrary, with an abundance of false statements, diverted images, videos taken out of context ... they have become a real land of disinformation.

"My grandmother told me, you shouldn't stay in Abidjan. In the village you will be safe. I bought powdered milk and things" before taking the bus, testifies a young 23-year-old waitress , who prefers to remain anonymous.

In this atmosphere, those who do not go prepare to barricade themselves at home and stock up on food.

"In 2010, I was almost killed," says Kouamé, a maintenance agent. "There I bought rice, food. I work on Friday and then I stay at home, I don't go out."

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Political crisis in Côte d'Ivoire: pressure is mounting on the opposition with the opening of investigations .
© Evelyne AKA SONOREThree leaders of the Ivorian opposition who do not recognize the re-election of President Alassane Ouattara and who have formed a regime of "transition" are under investigation for "acts of terrorism", "murders" and "conspiracy against the authority of the State", declares the prosecutor of Abidjan Richard Adou at a press conference .

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