Ivorian parliamentary vote list closes without FPI


The list of candidates for Ivory Coast’s parliamentary election closed with 1,182 candidates vying for 255 seats, but the former ruling FPI party boycotted the process, the election commission said.

Yacouba Bamba, vice president and spokesman of the election commission, said some members of the FPI were on the list of candidates for the Dec. 11 vote but they had registered as independents. Bamba did not give a figure.

The vote will test the stability of the world’s top cocoa grower, recovering from months of post-election violence that killed some 3,000 people, Reuters reports.

The FPI ran the country while leader Laurent Gbagbo was president from 2000 until earlier this year.

Gbagbo lost an election last year to opposition leader Alassane Ouattara but he sought to cling to power before being ousted by fighters loyal to Ouattara in April.

Ouattara has pledged to bring about reconciliation and had encouraged the FPI to take part in the vote. Some jailed FPI members were freed earlier this month but the party complained that not enough had been done to meet its demands.

An FPI rally was disrupted at the weekend by men armed with machetes.

Some 25,000 members of the security forces, backed by United Nations peacekeepers, will provide security on voting day.