Ivory Coast: Laurent Gbagbo elected leader of the dissident wing of the FPI

Laurent Gbagbo, former Ivorian president and current leader of the dissident wing of the FPI. ©, Photo: RR

Casablanca (ADV) – Former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo was elected Saturday at the head of the dissident faction of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), a party he created, now split into two rival camps.

“We are satisfied, the Congress has allowed us to appreciate the vitality of the party and shows that Laurent Gbagbo remains the cornerstone of our training,” said Franck Anderson Kouassi, the dissident FPI’s National Communications Secretary.

Mr. Gbagbo, the only candidate in the running, was elected with more than 97.5% of the votes cast by 5,325 voters, after two days of the fourth regular convention of the FPI’s dissident faction in Grand Bassam, near Abidjan.

Laurent Gbagbo has been imprisoned since the end of 2011 in The Hague, where he is tried by the ICC (International Criminal Court), for “crimes against humanity” alleged to have been committed during the post-election crisis of 2010-2011, which has done more than of 3,000 dead in Ivory Coast.

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