The party of ex-president Laurent Gbagbo said it has pulled out of Ivory Coast’s election commission, which is preparing December polls aimed at normalising the country after a deadly political crisis.
The Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) “is suspending its participation in all activities of the Independent Election Commission,” party secretary general Laurent Akoun said in a letter to the body’s president Youssouf Bakayoko, dated Tuesday and released to the media on Wednesday.
The opposition party denounced the regime of President Alassane Ouattara, in power since May, and its refusal to engage in dialogue on security, the composition of the electoral body and more generally the preparations for the legislative election, to be held by mid-December.
Ivory Coast was plunged into a deadly political crisis after Gbagbo refused to accept defeat after a November election. As world leaders urged him to stand down, several prominent conservative Christians, notably in the US, remained supportive.
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