ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — Assailants burnt the house of a major opposition presidential candidate at southern Ivory Coast while among his own party offices came under attack everywhere, witnesses said Sunday amid growing anxieties two months ahead of the election.
A house belonging to Pascal Affi N’Guessan was set ablaze in his hometown Bongouanou amid clashes in the region Saturday. An office belonging to his own resistance Ivorian Popular Front party was assaulted at the commercial capital of Abidjan.
The unrest comes days following N’Guessan and fellow resistance candidate Henri Konan Bedie called for a boycott of this Oct. 31 election, whining that the nation’s electoral commission is composed completely of officials in the ruling party.
“We request our activists to refrain from engaging in the performance of distribution of voter cards and also the election effort,” N’Guessan mentioned a week at Abidjan, studying the announcement together with Bedie in his side.
President Alassane Ouattara, who came to power following the 2010 contested election whose wake leftover 3,000 people dead, is currently looking for a third term in office. Ouattara asserts he can serve a third term due to changes to the nation’s constitution, even though his competitors believe his candidacy illegal.
“The elections will occur on Oct. 31. And they’ll be held in peace,” he explained last week. “There will not be a postponement of these elections.”
Gbagbo was acquitted of crimes against humanity charges in the International Criminal Court in relationship with the 2010-2011 postelectoral violence. Prosecutors, however, are attractive and in the meantime, Ivorian officials have disqualified him from running.
Ivorian police, meanwhile, issued an arrest warrant before this season for Soro on charges his supporters say are politically motivated, effectively obstructing his candidacy as well as he’s stayed in Europe.