Voters in Ivory Coast cast their ballots in parliamentary polls on Sunday as the main opposition party sought to break President Alassane Ouattara’s near monopoly of the legislature in the West African nation. The Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), the largest opposition party, has largely boycotted politics since a 2011 war which saw then President Laurent Gbagbo, its founder, ousted and many of its leaders jailed. “We are confident that after this legislative vote, the FPI will make a remarkable and important return with a parliamentary majority,” FPI President Pascal Affi N’Guessan told Reuters. The FPI is fielding 186 candidates for the 255 parliament seats and is expected to make a strong showing. Ouattara’s supporters hold about 85 percent of seats in the outgoing National Assembly. Outtara said he expected Ivory Coast to have a “diversified parliament” after the polls and called for candidates to remain calm and respect results, due by Monday.Full Article: Ivorian opposition seeks return to political mainstream in polls | Reuters.
Dec 19 2016