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Ethnic clashes in Ivory Coast opposition stronghold forward of ballot

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House of presidential candidate N’Guessan burned down, a number of injured in Bongounou.The home of an opposition presidential candidate has been burned down throughout clashes in Ivory Coast on Saturday, two weeks earlier than the presidential election.
Violence started on Friday in Bongouanou, the stronghold of opposition candidate and former Prime Minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan, as residents from totally different ethnic teams combating with machetes whereas homes and outlets have been set on hearth.
“They burned down my house,” N’Guessan advised AFP information company on Saturday. “The people were transported from Abidjan. They targeted the property of opposition leaders.”
Residents advised AFP that individuals from the native Agni ethnic group have been combating Dioula individuals from northern Ivory Coast, who again present President Alassane Ouattara.
“The situation is untenable. We have a lot of wounded people being taken to hospital,” stated Mathieu, who lives in Bongouanou.
About 15 individuals have been killed in inter-communal violence in August and September throughout the nation after Ouattara introduced his intention to run for a 3rd time period.
Candidates barred
Meanwhile, dozens of potential candidates have been barred from the election, together with former president Laurent Gbagbo and ex-rebel chief Guillaume Soro.
In a step in the direction of a possible boycott, the opposition requested supporters on Thursday not to participate in electoral occasions and campaigning.
Several high-profile figures, together with N’Guessan, have additionally known as for “civil disobedience” in latest weeks.
Prime Minister Hamed Bakayoko condemned Saturday’s unrest and warned the opposition they have been frightening violence.
“We will be quite implacable,” Bakayoko  stated. “If you are responsible for violence on people, on public or private property, then sooner or later you will have to pay, there will be a trial.”
Ouattara and his supporters have argued {that a} 2016 revision of the structure reset the restrict on the variety of phrases [Luc Gnago/Reuters]Ouattara formally launched his marketing campaign on Friday, addressing hundreds in a rally within the nation’s second-biggest metropolis, Bouake.
In addition to Ouattara and N’Guessan, former President Henri Konan Bedie and former parliamentarian Kouadio Konan Bertin are within the operating for the October 31 ballot.
In March, Ouattara introduced he wouldn’t search a 3rd time period. But he modified his thoughts after his most well-liked successor, prime minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, died of a coronary heart assault in July.
Ouattara and his supporters have argued {that a} 2016 revision of the structure reset the restrict on the variety of phrases.

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