Ivorian court nullifies Gbagbo's bid for FPI leadership

Lawyer Obouho Daniel of the FPI's control committee said: "We will file an appeal because we're not satisfied with the verdict."

Ivorian court nullifies Gbagbo's bid for FPI leadership

World Bulletin/News Desk

An Ivorian court on Monday rejected former President Laurent Gbagbo's candidacy for heading the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), one of the most prominent opposition groups in the country, a judicial source has said.

"The judge ordered the withdrawal of Gbagbo's application for the FPI chairmanship," the source, who requested anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.

Commenting on the verdict, lawyer Obouho Daniel of the FPI's control committee said: "We will file an appeal because we're not satisfied with the verdict."

FPI chairman Pascal Affi N'Guessan had filed three lawsuits against the candidacy of Gbagbo, who is currently detained at The Hague awaiting trial on charges of alleged crimes against humanity.

In 2010, Gbagbo had rejected the presidential election results, in which his Alassane Ouattara was declared the winner, sending the country into a political crisis.

More than 3,000 people were killed in the ensuing violence, according to the United Nations.

But Gbagbo's eventual arrest in April 2011 to stand trial on alleged crimes against humanity ended the bloody, four-month-long conflict in Ivory Coast.

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