Ivorian government to re-open dialogue with opposition in June

The talks were stalled in January.

The Ivorian government on Saturday said it would re-open dialogue with the opposition political parties in the country in June.

This is contained in a statement by the Prime Minister, Daniel Duncan, in Abidjan. Dialogue with the opposition parties, opened by the Alassane Quattara led-government, was suspended in January with several issues inconclusive.

The Ivorian Popular front (FPI), the party of former President Laurent Gbabgo, had hinged its refusal to participate in the last local council election to inconclusive dialogue.

Mr. Duncan said the re-opening of talks would dwell on issues yet to be agreed on.

“The two sides have not met again after the long session we had on Jan. 31 that lasted into the night,” he said.

The prime minister said the government was ready to continue talks with the opposition to ensure political stability and lasting peace in the country.

“We will re-open in June with the FPI and other parties so that we can bring stability to the political life of the country.

The FPI had during the previous discussions demanded amnesty approval for all pro-Gbagbo politicians in prison and those on exile. The party also called for the reconstitution of the Ivorian Independent Electoral Commission and the guarantee of adequate security and transparency during elections.

Meanwhile, some FPI supporters in Abidjan described the suspension of dialogue in January as a deliberate strategy to shut the party out from the April local council polls.

The supporters also expressed worries on why government only chose to re-open dialogue after the regional and municipal council elections.


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