Ivory Coast unfreeze opposition leaders' funds

Government spokesman Kone Bruno described the move as a gesture to ease tensions and encourage dialogue with the opposition.

Ivory Coast unfreeze opposition leaders' funds

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ivorian authorities on Thursday unfroze funds belonging to some 43 members of the opposition Ivorian Popular Front (FPI) which was one of the pre-conditions set by the party to join a national reconciliation process.

"The bank accounts of 43 personalities frozen following the 2011 post-election conflict have been unfrozen today," Prosecutor Christophe Richard Adou said in a statement received by Anadolu Agency.

Government spokesman Kone Bruno described the move as a goodwill gesture from the authorities to ease tensions and encourage dialogue with the opposition.

Last week the FPI threatened to stage street protests across the West African country if the government did not create conditions for meaningful dialogue, including the unfreezing of bank accounts.

Upon assuming power in April 2011 after weeks of gunfight with loyalists of former president Laurent Gbagbo, incumbent President Alassane Ouattara froze the accounts of FPI leaders for fear of financing actions that could destabilise the new government.

The FPI has denied any involvement in any subversive acts.

Gbagbo is already at The Hague, where he is awaiting trial for crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the 2011 post-election conflict that claimed 3000 lives.

His wife, Simone, is also wanted by the ICC, though the Ivorian government still refuses to hand her over.

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