The creation of a rival government after President Alassane Ouattara’s election victory, has led to the arrest of Ivory Coast opposition leader and former Prime Minister Pascal Affi N’Guessan on Saturday.
The wife of the politician and a spokeswoman said disclosed this development, Aljazeera reports.
Meanwhile, Ivorian prosecutors are pursuing “terrorism” charges against more than a dozen opposition leaders who boycotted the October 31 vote, in which Ouattara won a third term in office, and announced they were creating a transitional council.
The world’s top cocoa producer, whose disputed 2010 presidential election led to a brief civil war, has been triggered and protracted instability and fear.
His wife, Angeline Kili, told the Reuters news agency Affi N’Guessan was arrested overnight after the public prosecutor confirmed on Friday he was being sought by the police.
He said on Twitter that he was arrested in the southeastern town of Akoupe while en route to his hometown of Bongouanou.
He tweeted: “I confirm that my husband was arrested during the night but I don’t know where he is right now,” she said. Genevieve Goetzinger, a spokeswoman for Affi N’Guessan
Another interesting thing was that the police were not immediately available for comment.