Three people were killed and 26 others wounded on Tuesday during a clash between the populations in M’Batto, a town in central-eastern Côte d’Ivoire, located 230 km from Abidjan, as part of the crisis related to the presidential election of October 31, 2020, according to a source close to the national gendarmerie.
This report was made to APA by this source at 18:30 local time and GMT, stating that a sweep of the security forces is underway in the city where calm has returned. Other unofficial sources give a more serious assessment.
The Superior Commander of the Gendarmerie, General Alexandre Apalo Touré arrived in late afternoon in M’Batto where he began consultations with the prefect.
These clashes are part of the momentum of the call for civil disobedience launched by opposition leaders during the presidential election. As a result, two factional camps have emerged, on the one hand, supporters of the government and on the other, those of the opposition.
The locality of M’Batto is an opposition stronghold. The president of the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), Affi Nguessan, is the president of Moronou, an area where destruction of election materials was recorded on Election Day, October 31, 2020.
After the announcement of the final results of the presidential election by the Constitutional Council on Monday, opposition supporters erected barricades, obstructing traffic, all of which degenerated into clashes between the populations. The opposition rejects this presidential election.
In M’Batto, demonstrators claiming to be from the opposition, on voting day, braved the forces of law and order and destroyed election materials. This was in response to the opposition’s call for an active boycott of the election, which was marred by violence.
The outgoing head of state Alassane Ouattara, re-elected for another term, said Monday night in a message to the nation, that he was reaching out to former president Henri Konan Bédié, the oldest member of the opposition, for a frank dialogue, with a view to restoring confidence among political leaders.