Côte d’Ivoire - Q&A from the press briefing (4 November 2020)

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Q: Does France think that outgoing President of Côte d’Ivoire, Alassane Ouattara, has been re-elected and what is your message to the parties involved following the call for civil disobedience by the opposition, with access to the homes of several of its leaders blockaded?

A: France takes note of the announcement by the Independent Electoral Commission of the provisional results of the presidential election in Côte d’Ivoire.

France fully shares the concerns expressed by the EU with respect to the tensions and incitements to hatred that prevailed during this election and condemns the serious violence that has occurred. It also notes the wide disparities in voter turnout in different regions of the country.

France calls on all actors to put an end to the provocation and intimidation that have persisted since the election. The rule of law must prevail.

It underscores the urgent need to resume political dialogue in Côte d’Ivoire to foster reconciliation through concrete measures aimed at turning the page on violence and division. It supports the efforts to provide assistance in this respect by regional and international organizations and, as such, joins ECOWAS and the African Union in calling on parties to refrain from any initiative that falls outside the constitutional framework.