Ivoirian President Alassane Ouattara has extended an olive branch to the leader of the opposition Henri Konan Bedie amid escalating post-election violence in Cote d’Ivoire.
Scores of people have been killed in violence during elections campaigns and after the polls as thousands fearing violence have sought refuge in neighboring countries.
The call came as the opposition which boycotted the poll announced a parallel government to Ouattara’s, the legitimate winner of the 31 October election, according to results announced by the election commission.
Several opposition leaders remain in detention for involvement with the announced National Transitional Council which the government considers as a threat to the state authority.
Earlier on Monday, the police disperse an opposition demonstration in the “Palais” and “Akadjoba” districts of Yopougon, in western Abidjan.
Take a listen to President Ouattara speaking.