Pascal Affi N’Guessan, an Ivorian opposition leader arrested, the others under siege

According to information reaching leral.net, his family and sources from his political party indicate that N’Guessan was arrested Friday evening by security agents, while on his way to his hometown of Bongouanou, near from the Ivorian border with Ghana.

He and two other opposition leaders rejected the October 31 election results, which they all boycotted.

Ouattara was declared the winner of the poll with 94.27% of the vote. His government has criticized opposition leaders, accusing them of terrorism, murder and treason for planning the installation of a rival transitional government.

More than 40 people have been killed during protests against Ouattara’s candidacy for the third term in August.

But Ouattara, 78, insists that both terms he served were under the 2010 constitution, while the new term is under the amended 2016 constitution.

A similar argument from former President Laurent Gbagbo, one of the 40 candidates excluded from this latest election, plunged Côte d’Ivoire into crisis, after a contested 2010 presidential election and a civil war that left more than 3,000 dead in this country.

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