Cote d’Ivoire polls open

AL JAZEERA

N tanks are patrolling Ivory Coast’s commercial capital, Abidjan, as polls open for parliamentary elections, the first such voting since a disputed presidential poll one year ago sparked months of violence.

Officials hope a calm election on Sunday will bring help bring stability and usher in a period of economic growth in the West African nation.

Violence erupted at the end of last year after the incumbent president at the time, Laurent Gbagbo, refused to step down in favour of the winner President Alassane Ouattara.

Gbagbo is awaiting trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of four counts of crimes against humanity.

He is accused of being an “indirect co-perpetrator” of murder, rape, persecution and other inhuman acts.

Boycott

Gbagbo’s Ivorian Popular Front party (FPI) has called for a boycott of the elections.  Read more…

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