Opposition Leader in Ivory Coast Arrested After Disputed Election

The opposition leader and former prime minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan in Ivory Coast, is reported to have been arrested for creating a rival government after Alassane Ouattara highly disputed victory in a recently held election.

The Ivorian government machinery has been set in motion to pursue terrorism charges against a number of opposition leaders who boycotted the 31st October elections in which Ouattara had been said to have won and which turns out to be a highly problematic third term bid for a section of the Ivorian population.

The standoff between opposing political camps has raised fears of impending instability in the world’s top cocoa producer, whose disputed 2010 presidential election led to a brief civil war where about 3,000 people died. This disputed elections has seen pockets of violence across the country, with more than 40 people have dead so far.

N’Guessan was arrested overnight, this is after the public prosecutor announced on Friday that the former prime minister was being sought by the police.

N’Guessan’s wife said that, “I confirm that my husband was arrested during the night, but I don’t know where he is right now.”

Geneviève Goëtzinger, a spokeswoman for N’Guessan, posted on Twitter stating that his boss was arrested in the south-eastern town of Akoupé while en route to his home town, Bongouanou.

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