Posted on 11.16.2020 at 11:18 p.m. by AFP
The blockade imposed on the residence of the president of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), Affi Nguessan, in Abidjan, following the creation by the opposition of a National Transitional Council, a body intended to replace the institutions in place, was The blockade of the residence of Mr. Affi N’Guessan, leader of the FPI (opposition), the party founded by former President Laurent Gbagbo, was lifted in the afternoon, around 2 p.m. GMT, local time), according to a source close to the party.
Mr. Affi, candidate for the presidential election of October 31, 2020, refused to participate in the ballot, as did former President Henri Konan Bédié, president of the Democratic Party of Côte d’Ivoire (Pdci), considering that the conditions were not gathered for a credible election, while calling for civil disobedience.
These two political figures who called for a boycott of the ballot, followed the provisional results announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI), declared with the other leaders of the opposition, not to recognize this presidential election, calling it a “masquerade” .
As a result, the opposition leaders created on November 3, 2020 a National Transitional Council, chaired by Mr. Henri Konan Bédié, which should set up a civil transitional government. But, their momentum was interrupted by arrests.
Blockades were then imposed by the police on the residences of several opposition leaders, including Mr. Bédié, before being gradually lifted. In addition, opposition leaders were arrested and detained, including Mr. Affi.
Opposition leader Pascal Affi N’Guessan, president of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), was arrested on the night of November 6 and “held incommunicado” according to his lawyers. He is accused of more than thirty charges including the attack on the authority of the State.