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I. Coast tensions flare as candidate urges 'civil disobedience'

Abidjan - Tensions ratcheted up over Ivory Coast's presidential race on Sunday when former president Konan Bedie called for "civil disobedience" in response to Alassane Ouattara's bid for a third term at the helm of the West African country.

Anger flares in Ivory Coast after election candidates barred

Abidjan - Opposition figures reacted angrily on Tuesday after Ivory Coast's top court rejected 40 candidates for upcoming presidential elections, validating the contested bid of head of state Alassane Ouattara but sidelining his predecessor, Laurent Gbagbo.

I.Coast court clears president's third-term bid as fresh violence erupts

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's top court on Monday cleared the path for President Alassane Ouattara to seek a contentious third term, as protests turned violent in several cities and fears grew of a repeat of the conflict that claimed 3,000 lives in the West African co...

I.Coast parties nominate former president, ex-PM for election

Abidjan - Ivory Coast ex-president Henri Konan Bedie and former rebel leader Guillaume Soro were officially nominated on the weekend as the candidates of their opposition parties for next month's tense presidential election.

Two killed in Ivory Coast vote violence

Abidjan - At least two people were killed in ethnic clashes in Ivory Coast following President Alassane Ouattara's controversial announcement he would run for a third term, a hospital source and local residents said Sunday.

Violence as party chooses ICoast president Ouattara to run again

Abidjan - Sporadic violence flared in Ivory Coast on Saturday after President Alassane Ouattara was chosen by his ruling party to run for a third term in an October election, despite furious opposition charges the move is unconstitutional.

Outrage over Ivory Coast president's third term bid

Abidjan - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara's decision to run for a third term in October's presidential election triggered outrage on Friday among opposition and civil society groups, who labelled it a "coup" that risked tipping the country into chaos.

Ivory Coast names new prime minister after successor's death

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's defence minister, Hamed Bakayoko, was named prime minister on Thursday after acting as interim premier in the three weeks since the sudden death of his predecessor, the presidency announced.

Independent experts clear African Development Bank chief

Abidjan - An independent panel of experts, headed by former Irish president Mary Robinson, has cleared the beleaguered leader of the African Bank of Development (AfDB) of corruption, according to a report obtained by AFP.

Ivory Coast PM and presidential candidate Coulibaly dies aged 61

Abidjan - Ivory Coast Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly died Wednesday after attending a cabinet meeting, just three months before presidential elections that he was due to contest. He was 61.

Mary Robinson to lead probe into African Development Bank chief

Abidjan - Ireland's former president Mary Robinson will lead a panel to investigate the leader of the African Development Bank (AfDB), accused by whistleblowers of corruption, the bank said.

Thirteen killed in Ivory Coast landslip, many missing

Abidjan - Thirteen people died Thursday while others including children were missing and feared dead in a mudslide which flattened homes and suspended rail tracks in a suburb of Ivory Coast's main city Abidjan.

Aiming big: Ivory Coast's 'Dallas' pitches for African following

Abidjan - The stakes are big, and so are the egos. Two clans, the Desvas and the Ahiteys, are fighting it out for control of the local cocoa industry... and boardroom thuggery, love, betrayal and guns are the tools of their trade.

About 10 dead in jihadist attack on I.Coast border post

Korhogo - Suspected jihadists attacked an army frontier post on Ivory Coast's border with Burkina Faso overnight, killing around 10 people, the military said on Thursday.

Galaxy of African stars hold virtual coronavirus concert

Abidjan - Senegalese superstar Youssou N'Dour and Grammy-winner Angelique Kidjo were among a galaxy of African talent brought together for a virtual concert to raise awareness of the coronavirus pandemic.

Crowd in ICoast destroys coronavirus test centre

Abidjan - Residents in a working-class district of the Ivory Coast city of Abidjan on Sunday destroyed a coronavirus testing centre that was under construction, police and health ministry officials said.

ICoast PM named ruling party's presidential candidate

Abidjan - Ivory Coast's ruling party has named the prime minister as its candidate for the October presidential poll, after President Alassane Ouattara ended months of speculation and said he would not seek a controversial third term.

Ivory Coast president says will not run for third term

Yamoussoukro - Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said on Thursday he would not run in October's election, ending months of speculation over whether he would seek a third term.

I.Coast ex-political leader Ble Goude says sentenced to 20 years

Abidjan - Former Ivory Coast political leader Charles Ble Goude said Monday he had been sentenced in absentia to 20 years in prison by an Ivorian court over murder, rape and torture charges.

Macron calls for greater 'political clarity' from Sahel allies

Abidjan - President Emmanuel Macron called for greater "political clarity" from Sahel countries hosting French troops fighting Islamist militants on Saturday, as he visited the troubled African region amid criticism of the former colonial power's role.
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