Ivory Coast ex-President Gbagbo’s party to contest local polls

The Cote d'Ivoire Popular Front (FPI), the party of former President Laurent Gbagbo, said Sunday it would take part in the forthcoming local elections.

former president of the Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo. Image: Clara Sanchiz/Flickr
former president of the Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo. Image: Clara Sanchiz/Flickr

Vice-chairman of FPI, Laurent Akoun, told the media in Abidjan, the participation of Gbagbo supporters in the forthcoming elections would be dependent on prevailing political, technical and security conditions.

Gbagbo“We shall go into the elections but not under whichever conditions,” he said.

According to Akoun, FPI will take part in the elections on condition that transparency and security are guaranteed.

Gbagbo’s party further urged the government to open up the electoral playing field.

“We should demarcate the boundaries of electoral constituencies while taking into account the population size and territorial size, provide security for all, disarm ex-combatants and free all political prisoners to allow them to participate in national life,” Akoun said.

Cote d’Ivoire’s electoral cycle is on course after the successful completion of Oct. 25, 2015 presidential elections that were won by incumbent President Alassane Ouattara.

The country is now preparing for local elections that comprise of legislative, municipal and regional elections. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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