Ivory Coast President and Rival, hold peace talks

Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara. [Photo; BBC News]

Nov 12th 2020 – Ivory Coast’s President, Alassane Ouattara, and his main rival, Henri Konan Bédié, said they have decided to make peace in the country, following weeks of violence over a disputed presidential election.

The two said they will continue holding discussions, following a meeting in the commercial capital, Abidjan, on Wednesday, which they described as an ice-breaker.

According to the government, 85 people have been killed in the violence, in connection, with the election in which Mr. Ouattara won a third term.

A number of opposition leaders, are in police custody, after denouncing the poll and setting up a rival administration.

President Ouattara now says, that “trust has been rebuilt”.

Mr Bedie’s party, had previously insisted to have several terms met, including the removal of security blockades on the residences of opposition leaders and cessation of legal proceedings against them.

The opposition says, it does not recognize the 31st October presidential election.

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