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World Six killed in Ivory Coast town ahead of presidential election

15:10  22 october  2020
15:10  22 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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At least six people have now been killed in three days of clashes in Ivory Coast as protestors took to the streets Four people had died in two days of clashes in the central town of Daoukro and the southern town of Bonoua on Pro-Ouattara supporters rally In Paris ahead of presidential elections .

Six people have now been killed in three days of clashes in Ivory Coast as protestors took to the streets following President Ouattara's. President Ouattara, announced last week that he would contest the October 31 presidential elections , a move that came after his anointed successor Prime

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - At least six people have been killed in a port town in southern Ivory Coast this week, the mayor said on Thursday, as supporters and opponents of President Alassane Ouattara trade blame for rising violence ahead of the Oct. 31 election.

a group of police officers riding on the back of a truck: FILE PHOTO: Riot police vehicles patrol a street after a clash with protesters in Abidjan © Reuters/LUC GNAGO FILE PHOTO: Riot police vehicles patrol a street after a clash with protesters in Abidjan Alassane Ouattara standing in front of a building: FILE PHOTO: A campaign billboard of Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara is seen behind a burned bus in Abidjan © Reuters/LUC GNAGO FILE PHOTO: A campaign billboard of Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara is seen behind a burned bus in Abidjan

The authorities decreed a curfew on Wednesday night in response to the killings in Dabou, which Mayor Jean-Claude Niangne said were carried out by men armed with assault rifles and machetes.

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Ivory Coast 's main presidential election challenger, Henri Konan Bédié, called for a campaign of civil disobedience to stop the president from seeking a Ivory Coast 's former President Laurent Gbagbo has been barred from running for the presidency in upcoming elections after a court upheld the

FILE PHOTO: Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara officially nominated to stand for third term ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Local offices of Ivory Coast 's ruling party were ransacked and the house of an 31 vote and prevent it from going ahead . More than a dozen people have been killed since August in

Violence has broken out sporadically since August, when Ouattara announced his candidacy for a third term, a move his opponents say violates the constitution.

In all, more than 20 people have died in protests and clashes between rival supporters.


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The events have stoked fears about a bigger slide into violence. A disputed election a decade ago led to a civil war that killed 3,000 people.

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Ahead of Ivory Coast ’s critical 2020 presidential elections , civil society groups are being prevented from protesting for changes they believe would Shadow of 2010-2011 post- electoral violence. This collective of civil society groups is not the only one being prevented from lawful protest in Ivory Coast

DAKAR, Senegal — As rebels swept across Ivory Coast in a rapid advance last week to oust the nation’s strongman, Laurent Gbagbo, hundreds of people were killed in a single town , the United Nations and aid groups said Saturday, in the worst episode of violence during the four-month political

Niangne, a member of Ouattara's ruling party, said young men affiliated with the president's opponents took control of parts of Dabou earlier in the week, killing six people and wounding 40, before being pushed out on Wednesday by the police.

He said weapons belonging to a national lawmaker and former mayor of the town, who is an ally of exiled opposition leader Guillaume Soro, were used by the assailants.

The lawmaker, Ben Souk Sess, who is in exile in Mali, denied this and blamed the violence on youth gangs working for Niangne.

Ouattara's two main challengers in the election, former President Henri Konan Bedie and Pascal Affi N'Guessan, called on their supporters last week to boycott the electoral process and prevent it from going ahead.

They accuse the ruling party of manipulating the electoral process to ensure Ouattara's victory. Ouattara denies this and says he has the right to stand for re-election under a new constitution approved in 2016.

(Reporting by Ange Aboa; Writing by Aaron Ross; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

Ivory Coast president urges calm in tense election for third term .
Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara appealed to opponents to give up a campaign of civil disobedience during Saturday's election as protests broke out in Abidjan and other towns over his contested bid for a third term. Ivory Coast needs peace," Ouattara said after he voted in Abidjan. "I urge young people not to let themselves be manipulated." © Evelyne AKA Voting starts in Ivory Coast presidential elections Police fired tear gas in Abidjan's Blockhauss district to clear hundreds of youths who tried to disrupt voting, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

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