Monday 21 August 2017

Ivory Coast Opposition Party to Boycott Election

Monday, August 10, 2015

The opposition Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) is boycotting the upcoming October 25 presidential election, because it says the prevailing political and security conditions are not conducive for a peaceful, transparent and credible poll.

Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo’s party is also split, according to FPI spokesman Boubakar Kone, who is rejecting reports Pascal Affi N’Guessan would lead the party into the election.

Kone says N'Guessan was disqualified from leading the party in the poll at an April meeting, “Mr. N'Guessan is no longer part of the FPI, so he cannot be our candidate.”

“We haven’t decided yet to participate in the election for many reasons," Kone added. "The first one is that the gentleman who is our current president is not eligible. He needs to needs to withdraw his candidacy. The second thing we have to say is that the conditions are not good for a fair election in Côte d’Ivoire.”