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09 nov. 2020 | 15h11 UTC

Cote d'Ivoire: Protesters and security forces clash in Abidjan’s Anono area November 9 /update 11

Côte d'Ivoire Alerte de sécurité

Protesters and security forces clash in Abidjan’s Anono area on November 9; avoid demonstrations as a precaution

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/11/2020, 12h00 until 10/11/2020, 11h59 (Africa/Abidjan). COUNTRY/REGION Abidjan

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Clashes between protesters and security personnel in Abidjan's Anono area have been reported on Monday, November 9, and tear gas has reportedly been used to disperse crowds. Protesters gathered on Rue des Ambassades from the Anono Market intersection to Riviera-2. No casualties or arrests were immediately reported. 

Violent election-related unrest was also reported in Abidjan's Yopougon area on Monday. Local sources have reported property damage and claim that demonstrators blocked roads around the Palais de Justice de Yopougon and in the areas of Sideci and Akadjoba

Heightened security measures should be anticipated in the vicinity of any demonstrations, particularly as a ban on gatherings remains in place amid coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions. Further election-related unrest with disruptions to transportation and business likely.


President Alassane Ouattara had been expected to stand down at the end of his current term, but the sudden death of his expected successor, Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, on July 8 left the ruling RHDP coalition with no clear candidate going into the polls. However, Ouattara's decision to stand again has been opposed by the opposition and civil society groups. Unrest linked to the issue has resulted in several fatalities and dozens of arrests.

After opposition groups boycotted the election on October 31, Ouattara was confirmed as having won a third term on November 3 with 94.27 percent of the vote on a 53.9 percent turnout. However, the result was rejected by the two main opposition candidates, Pascal Affi N'Guessan and Henri Konan Bédié, who announced the formation of a joint National Transitional Council (NTC) to prepare for fresh elections.


Those in Cote d'Ivoire are advised to monitor developments and remain apprised of the political situation, avoid all public demonstrations and political gatherings as a precaution, avoid discussing sensitive political topics in public or on social media, and heed all instructions issued by the local authorities.


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