Magazine article New African

Gbagbo Goes It Alone. (around Africa)

Magazine article New African

Gbagbo Goes It Alone. (around Africa)

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As New African went to press, President Laurent Gbagbo's Front Populaire Ivoirien (FPI) was preparing to announce an important victory in the country s parliamentary elections held on Sunday, 10 December.

With most of the votes counted, the FPI was leading by 91 seats, PDCI (Patti Democratique de la Cote Ivoire, the former ruling party) 70, and others 16.

Gbagbo's FPI, which won 60% of the vote in the presidential elections held on 22 October (see NA, Dec), was poised to win the majority in the National Assembly, after his principal opponent, Alassane Ouattara and his Rassemblement des Republicains (RDR) party boycotted the parliamentary elections following his disqualifaction, again, from running even as an MP.

Reports said polling was abandoned in 32 constituencies in the north where Quatarra comes from, and that there were threats by the north to secede, particularly the part of the country that lies on the border with Burkina Faso.

On 1 December, the Ivoirian Supreme Court, again, declared Ouattara ineligible to run even as an MP because he was "of doubtful [Ivoirian] nationality". One of his parents was said to have been born over the border in Burkina Faso. …

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